Is This Elephant Left-handed?

Tue 14 Dec 2021

Take a close look at this elephant bull’s tusks and you’ll see that his left tusk is shorter and appears to be more damaged than his right tusk. Elephants usually have one tusk that they use more than the other (just as humans have one dominant hand) and it’s likely he has worn this one down by browsing, using it to strip bark from trees. On the close-up photo you can see there is a notch on the inside, towards the end, from repeated use. So this bull elephant is effectively left-handed.

📸 Nigel Nicholls