The largest land-based animal in the world is the elephant. Their massive frames can seem quite intimidating, but before growing to such sizes they were, of course, babies. And elephant babies are ridiculously adorable! Some facts about elephant calves:
- Baby elephants typically have a birth weight of roughly 113 kilograms and are typically just under a metre tall.
- Usually, calves are quite hairy and may either be born with red or curly black hair on their foreheads.
- Their eyesight is quite weak at first but they use touch, scent and sound to recognise their mothers.
- Calves have a close attachments to their mothers, drinking their momsâ€™ milk for up to two years and consuming up to 12 litres of milk a day!
- At first, baby elephants have little control over their trunks beyond swinging it to and fro or sucking on it like a bay would suck its thumb. They often step on their trunks too.
Here are seven baby elephants to make you smile:
(Source:Â http://flagwallpapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Baby-elephant-and-football.jpg. Caption: Spot the cute tuft of hair.)
(Source:Â http://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/cute-baby-elephant-5.jpg. Caption: Such glee exhibited by this calf.)
(Source:Â http://xaxor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Funny-cute-baby-elephants4.jpg. Caption: A tenacious little calf conquering that trunk.)
Source:Â http://twistedsifter.com/2012/05/cutest-baby-elephants-ever/. Caption: Two calves hold trunks.)
(Source:Â http://www.africam.comimages/chad_ba_ele1a.jpg. Caption: Hiding in veld)
(Source:Â http://twistedsifter.com/2012/05/cutest-baby-elephants-ever/. Caption: It’s Dumbo!)
(Source:Â http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01690/elephants_1690920i.jpg. Caption: Using mom as a cover from the rain.)
Looking at images of baby elephants can surely inspire a few smiles, but seeing these intelligent creatures live can be a positively heart-warming experience â€“ head toÂ Addo Elephant ParkÂ and enjoy an elephant safari where you can delight in viewing elephants of all ages and sizes.
And two extra cuties for free:
(Source:Â http://twistedsifter.com/2012/05/cutest-baby-elephants-ever/. http://i.imgur.com/hefHs.gif
(Source:Â http://twistedsifter.com/2012/05/cutest-baby-elephants-ever/. http://i.imgur.com/35pjJ.gif
Caption: Two baby elephants really enjoying their bath time.