Like modern elephants, mastodons in musth
probably ate very little, causing their tusks to grow slowly.
The hope is that the older males will be able to suppress the musth
in the younger ones and teach them to behave.
Stockley said that as the elephants grow older they must be handled particularly carefully during certain periods of enhanced sexual drive, known as musth
Forest rangers have also recorded assorted physical features of the animal such as the condition of its eyes and ears, medical history, season of Musth
(when tuskers become aggressive during mating season) and name of the veterinary doctor who attends to the animal regularly.
As bull elephants reach maturity they experience musth
, a massive testosterone boost which makes them very unpredictable.
To make a bad situation worse, he was in musth
- a dangerous time where bull elephants become randy, aggressive and pumped full of hormones.
is typically the only time an Asian elephant secretes much liquid from glands on its temples.
You also have to separate adult bulls from the rest because they can be extremely unpredictable when they are in a condition called musth
, which is triggered by the glands behind their ears.