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Herd of elephants surrounded by people

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Herd of elephants
Herd of elephants

Pliny the Elder mentions in his encyclopedic work Natural History that a herd of elephants surrounded by hunters position themselves in such a way that the individuals with the smallest fangs were at the front. In this way, they supposedly want to convince people that it is not worth trying ivory.

When animals are exhausted from fighting, they break their fangs by hitting trees. In this way, they save lives, leaving precious prey to the hunters.

  • Pliny the Elder, Natural history, 8.11

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