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Korvessa03 Nov 2018 9:20 p.m. PST

so assuming* that an unarmored elephant would have lots of arrows or javelins stuck in him after a battle, how did they get them out? It's not like thy had novacaine or anything…

* – maybe they would shoot at the mahout instead – I don't know

Winston Smith Inactive Member04 Nov 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

Hobble him?
Plenty of wine?
Put some Sinatra or Barry White on the gramophone?

JimSelzer04 Nov 2018 3:41 p.m. PST

oh I thought this about the pooper scooper troopers who followed them in town

advocate05 Nov 2018 6:01 a.m. PST

I suspect that many didn't survive the battle. But an interesting question.
Perhaps there are Indian treatises on such matters.

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2018 11:13 a.m. PST

If Hellenistic elephants are anything to go by, the survival rate was high, with elephants sometimes changing hands several times.
I suspects if it was really deep they would cut the arrow shaft off and leave the head in place. Otherwise they just pull them out. Pachyderms do have thick skin. Modern poachers' arrows seem to be a problem due to poison.

Hector Blackwolf Inactive Member08 Nov 2018 12:15 p.m. PST

The invention of 'elephant guns' indicts that even the comparatively immense power of a black powered firearm is not enough to bring down an elephant.

I imagine javelins and arrows would be largely ineffective.

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