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A recent spike in elephant attacks on humans in Africa and Southeast Asia can be traced to psychological damage from decades of poaching, a cover story suggests. Scientists have long ascribed pachyderm aggression to high testosterone levels and competition over resources. But now psychologists point to "a kind of species-wide trauma" with many of the same symptoms as post-traumatic stress in humans: "abnormal startle response, unpredictable asocial behavior, inattentive mothering and hyperagression." Rehab centers now use "passive control" therapy to heal dysfunctional elephants. "She's as sweet as can be," says the founder of Elephant Sanctuary about one formerly violent animal. "You'd never know that this elephant killed anybody."

Holy crap. We're supposed to believe that elephants in the wild now have PTSD? Who's the tofu-farting, treehugging asshole who came up with that diagnosis? I thought the freaking dog psychiatrists were over the top but this might just take the cake. Next thing you know, we'll be giving the fucking bears and raccoons sessions with a psychoanalyst and prescribing them prozac.
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