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Tusk-Ground

Bending or kneeling down and tusking the ground and uplifting vegetation as a demonstration of "look what I will do with you". It is usually seen during the maneuvering between two males during an Escalated-Contest, but may also be directed toward people especially by musth males. In some cases tusking the ground may be a form of redirected aggression. (12a). A similar action is seen during play. In play, too, tusking the ground may be directed toward human observers. (12b) Elephants commonly use this position to kill people. (12).