Elephant Attack


The African elephant is the most formidable animal on land. It isn't always interested in hurting you, but when it is, it does the best job. A British tourist recently had the merest hint of this fact on safari. The link takes you to a story with a gruesome picture of his injured leg. This is a minor injury for a person who's tangled with an elephant. When I was writing Deadly Kingdom, my publishers asked me in literally hundreds of passages to tone down the violence and gore. (I wasn't being gratuitous; animals mauling people just isn't a uniformly cheerful topic.) A lot of those disputed spots were in the elephant chapter, and they involved such phrases as "his head exploded" and "plucked off his limbs."

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