Can a baby elephant walk as soon as its born?
Baby Elephant Tries To Stand Up For First Time. Just like human infants, elephants have a hard time taking that first step. Though an elephant's gestation period is about 22 months, newborn babies walk shortly after they are born -- a task that can (clearly) be quite daunting.
The average gestation period for African Elephants is 649 days -- or 22 months. A newborn elephant normally weighs between 200 to 268 pounds (90-121 kg); this little calf weighed in at 205 pounds (92 kg).
- African elephants are the largest of all land animals, adult males weighing between 1,800 and 6,300 kg (2 and 7 tons/ 4,000 and 14,000 lb.). Females are smaller, weighing between 2,700 and 3,600 kg (3 and 4 tons/ 6,000 and8,000 lb.). Shoulder height ranges between three and four m (9.8 and 13.1 ft.).
- Answer : A baby elephant is called a “calf”.
- A cow's weight can vary between 1,000 and 1,800 lbs. Most other breed dairy cows weigh similar, noting though that Jerseys are the smallest breed averaging about 1,000 lbs. Dairy calves are much smaller, but even when they are born they still weight a whopping 85 lbs. on average.
- Elephant twins do exist. Although very rare in nature, they have been recorded a number of times. Their African counterparts in Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa have had three sets of twins, with the latest being in 2005, and Amboseli National Park in Kenya had a pair born in the 1970's.
- Adult elephants can eat between 200-600 pounds of food a day. As herbivores, elephants consume grasses, tree foliage, bark, twigs, and other vegetation daily. Elephants can also drink up to 50 gallons of water a day about as much as a standard bathtub holds.
- Similar to the trunk, elephant tusks are utilized in a wide range of activities. They are used for digging, foraging, and fighting. At times, they also act as a resting place for the elephant's very heavy trunk. An African elephant's large ears also serve many purposes.
Well other than humans, elephants take a long time to bear their calves before they're born. An elephant averagely is pregnant every 5 years, and the calf will stay in the womb for about 22 months or almost 2 years, so if we calculate it right, averagely again, she can have 6 babies in her lifetime.
- Whales are marine mammals and like most mammals the female whale carries her offspring in her womb. In almost all cases the female gives birth to a single offspring every 1 – 6 years. Gestation periods can vary greatly depending on the whales species and can be anywhere from 9 months to 18 months long!
- Elephant gestational periods are known for being especially long. Elephants are pregnant for close to two years -- more than double the time for human beings. They normally have only one calf at a time, although there have been rare multiple births.
- Being born is rough for giraffes, Patin said. Mothers give birth standing up, requiring the newborns to fall six feet to the ground. “The twins and the mother may be able to co-exist in the same enclosure, but as the births are so rare, science is not able to define what can be expected,” she said.
Updated: 2nd October 2019