Umbopa stood contemplating the huge dead elephant and the mangled remains of poor Khiva.What? What is "died like a man", other than a subjective opinion? They were killing for sport and for the ivory of the tusks. People had different views in 1907, but the international ivory trade is illegal for good reason! The character had a stupid death. That's my subjective opinion, anyway.
"Ah, well," he said presently, "he is dead, but he died like a man!"
On a lighter note, Groucho Marx said something ir-relephant to this topic:
"Is there a point to this, Cowboy Bob?"
Actually, there is. Elephants are losing their tusks to some extent.
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Elephants’ tusks are getting shorter—with an increasing proportion of the elephant population even being completely tuskless—and it’s widely being heralded as ‘evolution’ and ‘Darwinism in action’.To read the rest, click on "Why the elephant is losing its tusks (and it’s not evolution!)"
Outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins refers to the phenomenon in his book, The Greatest Show on Earth—the evidence for evolution, in the chapter titled “Before our very eyes”. The speed of the change has surprised many. Dawkins points out in that chapter that “Darwin himself picked out [elephants] as one of the slowest-reproducing animals, with one of the longest generation turnovers” and he opines that, in reference to the speedy reduction in tusk size, “We would not expect to see it within one human lifetime.”