Elephant in Musth can be the most dangerous mammals on earth .Musth is a physiological phenomena occurring annually in male elephants. It is periodic condition accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones and characterized by highly aggressive behavior. Musth is linked to sexual arousal .Testosterone levels in an elephant in musth can be as much as 60 times greater than in the same elephant at other times. Average duration of musth is 1 to 2 months. Mahouts are often able to shorten the duration of their elephants’ musth, typically to 5 to 7 days by using drugs like xylazine . It is said that musth most often takes place in winter. During musth elephants that are otherwise placid may try to kill humans.
Furthermore, bulls in musth have often been known to attack female elephants, regardless of whether or not the females are in heat. Often, elephants in musth discharge a thick tar-like secretion called temporin from sides of the head. The elephant’s aggression may be partially caused by a reaction to the temporin, which naturally trickles down into the elephant’s mouth; this highly irritates them.
A musth elephant, wild or domesticated, is extremely dangerous to humans. During this period they are chained separately for nearly a month and given special medicinal food. During this time, they are not used for work or religious processions. In zoos, musth has been the cause of incidents in which elephant keepers (Mahouts) have been killed. We hear news every now and than, how elephants destroyed a number of villagers house, plantation area, how villagers were hurt in the attacks and also about criminate revenge-killings of wildlife by angry local people. Poaching in hunting areas has also increased(Whatever may be the cause:revenge,money making etc).
We tamed them and use them as labor for different physical activities like lifting and pulling extremely heavy items. Their small help improves work efficiency. As much as we are relying on them by making the best use of their strength at the same time we seem to be underestimating their power. Not to forget if it’s their strength that we’re benefiting from, same could be the reason for a disaster. We have to understand that their strength that’s favoring us now can not always be in our favor. We must not forget that no matter how skillfully we train them and tame them but they are still wild. We cannot predict any of their activities and never can we undervalue the wilderness side in them.
We can say that among the four-legged, mans best friend after dog is elephant (or not whatever and however). We comfortably share our human environment with them. We’ve grown up seeing them : in circus, near by village, zoo, we even ride on them. We’ve seen, heard and experience different side of our four legged best friend. We’ve see the motherly, generous and friendly side of them, creative side of them; we’ve seen the saint AWA devil side of them. Saint as in; we pray God Ganesh and elephant symbolizes Shri Ganesh. Ganesh is widely revered as the remover of obstacles and more generally as Lord of beginnings, therefore he is honored at the beginning of rituals. Creative side as it is said that elephants are the only animals on Earth, apart from human beings, that can create pictorial images.
This life is no less than a circus and we are no less than a marionette in the hands of almighty power. Sometimes certain things are not under our control but again certain things are. We are known as the most intellectual being on earth and we need to help preserve our motherland (Earth). Each and every creature on earth is as important as the other. Each has its part in balancing eco system. Maybe that is the reasons why god created human and gave us conscience, so that we can differentiate wrong and right and conduct righteously. We cannot judge anyone by their certain behavior at any particular time similarly we cannot judge animals with their ferocious behavior at any certain point of time. How foolish of us to go on shooting them out of rage, just thinking that some wild elephant destroyed your house or crops. Well, loss of any kind cannot be read or told or even understood, it can only be felt. But here if we only concentrate on personal loss; than that will be the biggest loss of the entire evolution and when this life takes us closer to the edge that moment might be the end of this circus, when we all be coming out wondering….“But! How did the elephant disappear ?!? ” 😉
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