Apropos K

Engineers develop new plastics based method to repair elephant tusks

Foto: istock / Guenter Guni

A cracked tusk can become infected and pose problems for an elephant. Tusks with cracks that are left untreated may ultimately have to be removed. Source: UAB.

The Zoo’s team of veterinarians, animal care specialists and curators worked with students and researchers from UAB to prepare, then apply, the composite fiberglass and carbon-fiber band and resin on Bulwagi’s tusk. Source: Katherine Shonesy/UAB