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Male African Bush Elephant Calf, Amboseli National Park

Male African Bush Elephant Calf, Amboseli National Park
African elephant calves can weigh around 200 lbs (91 kg) and stand about 3 feet (1 m) tall. They can’t see very well when they are born, but much like human babies, they can recognise their mothers by touch, scent, and sound. For the first few months, the babies stay very close to their mothers for food, warmth and support. They can consume as much as 3 gallons of their mothers milk every day. Weaning is not a speedy process for elephants as babies can continue to drink their mothers milk until they are as much as 10 years old.

For the first year of their lives, their trunks are not something they are able to control very well. Much like human babies, elephants learn their behaviour from parents and older family member, including how to put their trunks to good use. Much more so than other animals, elephant babies exclusively learn how to adapt to their new surroundings by following the behaviour of their mothers over a long period of time. This means that they stay close to their parents and family members for much of their childhood.

By . Ray in Manila on 2021-11-12 23:58:55

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