Elephants Distinguish Human Friends From Foes by Smell

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 18, 2007   View Article

The mere whiff of a Maasai man’s clothing is enough to strike fear in African elephants and send them thundering to the safety of tall grasses, according to a new study.

Maasai men have been known to occasionally spear elephants, perhaps as a ritual to show virility.

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