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Watch an adorable elephant calf grow up. Your heart will melt as you watch him splash around in the water and mud bathe with his family.

The African elephant is extremely long-lived, sometimes surviving for up to 70 years. Although the female African elephant may reach sexual maturity at 10 years old, it is most fertile between the ages of 25 and 45.

There is no distinct breeding season and the female will typically produce a calf every three or four years, although the interval between births may be longer when conditions are not favourable, and birth peaks in certain areas may relate to the local rainfall patterns

Elephant calves are born after an exceptionally long gestation period of nearly two years, and continue to be dependent on the female for several years. The calves are also cared for by other females in the group, especially by young females known as 'allomothers.


The social bonds between elephants are very strong, and if faced with danger the group will form a protective circle around the young calves, with the adults facing outwards and the matriarch adopting a threatening pose or even charging the intruder

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Responses to "Daily Cute: The Life of a Baby Elephant (Video)"

  1. B Filip says:

    That is what you call a family. They all stick together & protect the young ones. The babies are so cute. I love Elephants. Thank you for sharing this.

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