ankus

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ankus

(ˈæŋkəs) or

ankush

n, pl -kus, -kuses, -kush or -kushes
a stick used, esp in India, for goading elephants
[from Hindi]
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Noun1.ankus - an elephant goad with a sharp spike and a hook
goad, prod - a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
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Kudos to the City Council of Los Angeles which voted unanimously to ban trainers from using ankuses, effective early 2017.
The trainers are carrying ankuses, and they gently tap the animals' sides and trunks with them as they issue stern voice commands: "Icky, back.
Feld also acknowledged that employees hooked elephants with the ankuses, whipped, and even shocked them on occasion, but he added that he did not believe any of those practices constituted abuse.