OESTROUS BEHAVIOUR, OVULATION AND THE FORMATION OF THE CORPUS LUTEUM IN THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT,

LOXODONTA AFRICANA

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Summary

A female elephant was observed throughout most of oestrus, and was then shot. The cow was mated by many different bulls during the course of oestrus. Initially, there seemed to be little competition between bulls for the cow, but as oestrus wore on, fighting broke out amongst the bulls and one eventually appeared to establish mastery, driving the other bulls away. It was interesting that this master bull showed no discharge from his temporal glands.

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