Lay your beast alongside, Toomai, and let him prod with his tusks.
The undergrowth on either side of him ripped with a noise like torn canvas, and the saplings that he heaved away right and left with his shoulders sprang back again and banged him on the flank, and great trails of creepers, all matted together, hung from his tusks as he threw his head from side to side and plowed out his pathway.
There were white-tusked wild males, with fallen leaves and nuts and twigs lying in the wrinkles of their necks and the folds of their ears; fat, slow-footed she-elephants, with restless, little pinky black calves only three or four feet high running under their stomachs; young elephants with their tusks just beginning to show, and very proud of them; lanky, scraggy old-maid elephants, with their hollow anxious faces, and trunks like rough bark; savage old bull elephants, scarred from shoulder to flank with great weals and cuts of bygone fights, and the caked dirt of their solitary mud baths dropping from their shoulders; and there was one with a broken tusk and the marks of the full-stroke, the terrible drawing scrape, of a tiger's claws on his side.
He heard the click of tusks as they crossed other tusks by accident, and the dry rustle of trunks twined together, and the chafing of enormous sides and shoulders in the crowd, and the incessant flick and hissh of the great tails.
When all was over Makola whispered to himself: "The sun's very strong here for the tusks
Joe examined the anchor and found it solidly attached to the unbroken tusk
So after we were rested a little, and the Kafirs had cut out the hearts of two of the dead elephants for supper, we started homewards, very well pleased with our day's work, having made up our minds to send the bearers on the morrow to chop away the tusks
He even hung by one hand, tantalizingly just beyond reach, and mocked them as they gnashed their tusks
with impotent rage.
Today I shall eat your heart, O Lord of the Great Tusks, that it shall keep savage that which pounds against my own ribs.
Tarzan of the Apes waited until the upcut of a wicked tusk would have laid open his thigh, then he moved--just the least bit to one side; but so quickly that lightning was a sluggard by comparison, and as he moved, he stooped low and with all the great power of his right arm drove the long blade of his father's hunting knife straight into the heart of Horta, the boar.
Although international trade in ivory tusks
was banned in 1989, ivory remains in high demand in Far East leading to the continued slaughter of elephants in the Africa region.
A PAIR of elephant tusks
believed to be the biggest to appear on the open market are expected to sell for pounds 250,000 this week.