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Identifying elephants isn’t difficult, but it requires using powers of observation and it takes a bit of practice. There are many different characteristics that you can use to identify an elephant: sex; body size; shape; length and configuration of the tusks; size and shape of the ears; ear venation patterns; notches, tears, holes in the ears. An elephant’s tail can also be used to distinguish an individual.
What to look for when using the tail to identify African elephants:
1. Some elephants have what we call a “kinky tail”
2. Others have an unusually “short tail”
3. A few have “half tails” having been bitten by hyenas when they were calves.
4. Still, others have been bitten and left with “no tail” at all.
Info source: https://www.elephantvoices.org/features-guide.html?id=819
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The photo was taken during February 2017 at Mabula Private Game Reserve, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

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