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What does the author mean when he says the elephants "attack of 'must'" had worn off?

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lels | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM via web

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What does the author mean when he says the elephants "attack of 'must'" had worn off?

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bwestbrook | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 15, 2011 at 3:13 AM (Answer #1)

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Bull elephants sometimes go into must, a condition in which testosterone levels are very high, causing extremely aggressive behavior.  No one knows exactly why they do this, though it has been linked to mating. Urine taken from these animals in zoos showed high levels of ketone.  When an elephant is in must it can kill humans.

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