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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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I DON’T FEEL LIKE DOING THAT!

When I Was Growing Up I Was Not Expected to Learn the Same Skills as Other Children

ALL THINGS ARE DIFFICULT BEFORE THEY ARE EASY.

—Thomas Fuller

WHEN THE YOUNG BULL ELEPHANTS who were removed from their family groups and transplanted to a distant preserve began reaching sexual maturity, they terrorized tourists with aggressive behavior and generally wreaked havoc. Older elephant cows rebuffed the young bulls’ sexual advances, so the bulls took to mating with white rhinoceros, killing several in the process.

Park rangers guessed that some bulls came into sexual heat fully ten years earlier than normal because there ...

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