A Mammoth Mitten

Every Thanksgiving, before she sets the turkey in the oven, Tracey and I go to the zoo to see the elephants smash giant pumpkins. The "Great Pumpkin Stomp" never disappoints. The pachyderms squash with tusk and foot, busting the oversized fruit into chewable chunks. And aside from the vegetable carnage, the event is an excellent opportunity to admire the elephant's trunk.

When Christie the African elephant wandered near the fence to chaw on one of the larger pumpkins during last year's stomp, I was mesmerized by the dexterity of her nose - the subtle expansion and contraction of muscle that let her carefully feel around the rind for the ...

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