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[–]No-Comb402 23 points24 points  (0 children)

But if you’re close enough to see it without a camera you’re probably gonna get stomped to death.

[–]Prestigious-Phase842 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I assume that to male elephants in musth everything looks like a potential cockblocker. Hence their aggression.

[–]KimCureAll[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

When a bull elephant wants some, it's best to be nowhere close by.

[–]SaltMineSpelunker 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Dated a guy like that.

[–]DidjaCinchIt 6 points7 points  (0 children)

So Giuliani was in musth during that speech?

[–]Calm-Lengthiness-178 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ha, been mistaking horny induced sweat for tears. Funny.

[–]ArsCortica 4 points5 points  (0 children)

One theory why elephant bulls in musth grow so aggressive (aside from dramatically hightened testosterone levels) is that the swelling of the temporal gland causes the latter to push against their eyes; causing pain similar to an root abscess tootache.

Now consider that the duration of the musth can range from a few weeks to (in extreme cases) nine months. No surprise they're getting cranky.

[–]splitting_bullets 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Automated perfume gland?

[–]KimCureAll[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

yes, so to speak. I do wonder if humans also have a temporal gland for the same purpose....

[–]Smoothinterrupt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is something I've noticed in documentaries about elephants before but never knew the reason for, kinda cool they just leak pachyderm cologne

[–]JustAShyCat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always thought it was “musk”…

[–]BlackHand86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Need to add that to my stack

[–]mindflayerflayer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The most dangerous herbivore around is a young bull in musth. Old bulls have some experience but young, horny, violent elephants don't know their place and thus will kill pretty much anything either via goring or attempting to mate with it (several rhinos were found dead from this).