“No, no, no…these are not all my tusks.
I only had two, for a start!
This is Coco, and Jumbo, and Clariss, and Ned –
who were recently shot through the heart.
“The tusks that I sported were sawn at the stump
…these were hacked from the bone, I would say.
You can only do that when an elephant’s dead,
since the trunk tends to get in the way.
“But its a beastly old pile, I must gravely agree.
And it brings quite a tear to my eye,
for these souls have departed the haunts of this veldt
for that spooky old zoo in the sky.”