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From the Archives: I musth, musth, musth stop acting out like this!


Today's second archival tidbit comes from volume 3, issue 4 (Sept/Oct 2004):

Who says males don't have PMS? About once a year beginning at the age of 15, male elephants experience periods of "musth" (pronounced "must"), during which testosterone levels are 50 times higher than normal. Derived from the Hindi word meaning "intoxicated," this phenomenon causes intense periods of heightened aggression and sexual activity. Often, males in musth pick fights with each other, uprooting trees and throwing logs.