National Geographic : 2008 Sep
LONELY YEARS A young male, when he reaches sexual maturity, is no longer welcome among his female relatives. He walks the landscape alone, at least until he can ally himself with other young bulls. Lessons learned in upbringing help to guide him. This 17-year-old, recently parted from the Royals, is adjusting slowly; he still sometimes revisits the family for tusk wrestling with his former playmates and younger siblings. BULLS MATRIARCHS GENERATION UPON GENERATION Babylon is the quintessential matriarch, with a hole in her left ear and a half century of experience and knowledge in her head. Yet she's still a new mother as well as a grandmother, followed closely by her own tiny calf, and her daughter's, and a third. Another member of the Biblical Towns, Babel, badly lame, manages to survive and stay with the family because Babylon waits for her.