Pink Tusked Elephant

Unknown ELEPHANT of China, said to have lived during the T'ang Dynasty (a.D. 618-907).

Scientific name: Elephas maximus rubridens, given by P. E. P. Deraniyagala in 1950.

Physical description: Black skin. Small, pink tusks.

Behavior: Its ivory was as prized as that of Asian elephants elsewhere.

Distribution: Leizhou Peninsula, Guangdong Province; southeastern Guangxi Province, China.

Significant sighting: An ivory carving of this elephant is housed in Chicago's Field Museum.

Sources: Berthold Laufer, Ivory in China, Anthropology Leaflet no. 21 (Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, 1925); Edward H. Schafer, The Vermilion Bird: T'ang Images ofthe South (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967).

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