Animals: Family Quarrel

One sunny morning last week, Hilda, an 8-year-old, 3,000-lb. Indian elephant in Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo, woke up feeling kittenish. Sniffing the fragrant scent wafted over from the Botanical Gardens, she strolled up & down the edge of the concrete moat which separates animals from sightseers, squealed coquettishly to her 4,500-lb. mate, Bill, to come out and join her. But Bill had got out of bed with the wrong foot; when he came out. pointedly ignored her. Vexed, Hilda gave a loud, long trumpet. Suddenly Bill lowered his head, charged, hit Hilda broadside,...

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