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If painfully wounded (by spikes, for instance) or sent into panic, elephants can run amok among friend as well as foe, dealing tremendous amounts of damage to anyone and everyone in their path. They are simply too large to be controlled by normal means and must be herded by experienced drivers. When the elephant’s pain threshold is overcome, they completely ignore their herders and simply run in whatever direction seems most likely to provide escape. Carthaginian mahouts (elephant drivers) carried a long spike and a mallet for such emergencies: if the elephant went berserk, the mahout would drive the spike down into its head and kill the beast on the spot.
Each of these trenches is filled with thickly packed chalk. The Breton horse has a long history, dating back t o the time it was brought into Europe by Aryans migrating from Asia. It originated in the upper mountains of China and Tibet, migrating east with settlers and immigrants through the beginnings of the 9th Century. It was a direct ~ descendant of the steppe horses found in the Breton Mountains, breeding with native Oriental and European horses as it traveled through Europe and into the Black Mountains.
Unlike Indian elephants, they do not often have the luxury o f living in watery or muddy areas and must make due with the shade offered by forested lands. African elephants are significantly larger overall than their Indian cousins, weighing roughly six tons. Males are much larger than females and can be distinguished among a herd by their larger size. Both males and females of this species have ivory tusks that jut out significantly from beneath their tusks. Both sexes have thick, wrinkled, gray-brown skin that is almost hairless and is somewhat darker than that of Indian elephants.