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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A video of two elephants fighting fiercely in Haridwar forest of Uttarakhand has gone viral over various social media platforms.

As per reports, two full-grown tuskers were engaged in a fierce fight in the forest before the grievously injured loser retreated. The losing tusker even lost a tusk in the process.

The tuskers locked their heads against each other and had their trumps intertwined. The losing tusker retreated and fled the spot. The winner let out a few trumpets before returning to his herd.

Such encounters between elephants are not uncommon but the ferocity of the fight stunned even seasoned foresters who have tracked herds for years.

“Tuskers often fight with each other to take the leadership of the herd. We are speculating that the fierce fight between both the elephants might have happened due to the same reason,” said Haridwar DFO Dipak Singh.

Notably, Asian elephants, though smaller than their African counterparts, grow up to 10ft tall at the shoulder and can weigh up to 4,990kg (5.5 tonnes).

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