Elephant teenagers, testing boundaries

  • By ELI
  • July 28, 2012

July 2012
It always surprises me that female elephants can be so aggressive with one another. It’s every family for itself when it comes to securing a rare resource. Even within the family, it’s every mother pitted against another for access to fresh water, with Wynona always getting the short end of the stick. And as far as I witnessed today, the teenage boys are getting the best stuff, while their mothers are sidelined. As with any male, in elephants adolescence is a period of questioning boundaries and searching for mentors.

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