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Tintin in the Congo: Is the elephant male or female?

yamilah
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#1 · Posted: 28 Jun 2005 11:28 · Edited by: Moderator
Does anyone know whether the elephant seen in Congo (p.38-42) is a male, or a female, or something else, according to the available data?
I've just realized all the 'data' might not be that easily available to everybody...

[Post edited by Moderator: removed links to pirate editions on external site.]

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UPDATE: Posted: Jul 7, 2005 12:58:12 - edited by yamilah
Sorry, I thought these poor copies were ads for the original books... For a 'fair use for study', could possibly someone scan this elephant? Many thanks in advance

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There is a difference between illustrating a point by linking to a single image, or even a couple of images, which would be covered by the concept for fair use for study, and finding a site which reproduces entire albums (albeit in B&W and in Chinese…!).
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yamilah
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#2 · Posted: 12 Jul 2005 23:38 · Edited by: yamilah
I finally managed to find out by myself the answer to the most complex question posed by this funny elephant... Here is a picture of an African elephant on the left, behind an Asian elephant on the right:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7a/Elephant.pair.750pix.jpg

When you'll read Tintin in the Congo, you'll notice Herge's elephant looks like African in the big frame (p.39), but is changed into an Indian in the small frames... As it owns tusks, the small frames' elephant can't be a female, as explained here

http://elephant.elehost.com/About_Elephants/Anatomy/Dentition/dentition.html


Still both Herge's elephants have Indian front feet (with five digits), as explained here

http://elephant.elehost.com/About_Elephants/Anatomy/The_Feet/the_feet.html

Thus this 'African' elephant is mostly and mainly Indian*, echoeing a spatio-temporal fault* in its way...
An unseen 'animal' transmission system* most likely related to stars* should thus be suspected in the Congo...


* please see related threads...

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