What does an elephant warden need a hook
The hook serves the mahout, elephant keeper or trainer as tool to
assert his commands. With the ankus the
elephant keeper is able to "pull" and "push back"
the elephant, because the elephant wants to evade to the more or less
What should an ankus be like?
The hook should be polished so sharply that the effect of the command
support occurs with minimum pressure, but not as sharply that injuries
How can an audience tell how a hook is being used?
A good observer sees rather fast in a zoo or a circus, how the keeper
or trainer uses the hook.
The elephants mistreated by the hook have usually wounds at the upper
ear, the forehead and trunk or to the elbow. It also happens that even
the ears are swollen to the extent that they get clogged, because the
animals are pricked in the ear, e.g. when loading circus elephants in