Grasp branch or branchlet with the trunk and then move the head into position so as to bite it off with the teeth.

References: Poole & Granli 2021. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Foraging & Comfort Technique


Context: Foraging & Comfort Technique (1)

Feeding on a sapling next to his family, a 1.5 year old male grasps an acacia branch and then, lacking tusks and the strength to break it with his trunk, he simply bites it off. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)