I heard somewhere that elephants are beginning to be born without tusks due to the poaching issue. Is this true?



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    Completely true. The tuskless gene is a genetic mutation that used to only be found in about 2% of all elephants in China, but that gene’s frequency has increased to be between 5-10%. Because many elephants with tusks are being killed, it is the elephants without tusks that are surviving and reproducing. Unfortunately, the tuskless elephants are considered “crippled”, since the tusks are used for digging up food and water, defence, and a sexual display.

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