Baby Elephant

Baby elephant Birth and Baby greeting card featuring a young elephant much, much smaller than its mother, with its mum close by and the two of them walking away.

– Blank inside for your own message
– Printed in the UK on premium card stock
– Supplied with a white envelope

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Baby Elephant

Baby elephant Birth and Baby greeting card featuring a young elephant much, much smaller than its mother, with its mum close by and with the two of them walking away.

I photographed these African elephants (Loxodonta africana) on the Eastern Cape in South Africa. My wife Tamara and I visited the Cape last September, specifically to see animals and birds. Time and again we noticed the way the adults surround the young to keep them safe. We saw the young in among this maze of legs the size of tree trunks. You might have thought they would be phased by it. But no, the young were relaxed Some of the young drank from their mothers as the herd moved around slowly.

Still we were amazed at how the young were relaxed with adults weighing several tons surrounding them and walking around. The way the adults corral the young is amazing because they are not looking down while they do it. The know where the young are ‘under their feet’ and the young know where they are supposed to be.

Young Elephant Facts

A baby elephant is called a calf, and they are unsteady on their feet when born and struggle to stay upright and walk. That skill takes a couple of days to learn. Then they move with the herd. Adult elephants herds can walk up to 200km (120miles) a day, so you can imagine that young elephants have quite a job keeping up. Of course, when mothers are nursing the herd slows down. But still…

When baby elephants are first born they don’t know how to use their trunks. Like with walking, they have to learn that skill. And it’s obvious when they are running that they have not got their trunks under control. That’s easy to see because the trunk waves about all over the place.

And it is not as though new-born elephants are exactly small, A new born weighs about 100kg (220lb).  Some people wonder whether elephants can jump, and I doubt they can. But young ones can certainly roll and fall over, as we saw several times. And they get up none the worse for wear and carry on. They look so sure of their environment, unlike many prey animals we saw. With elephants being the biggest creatures on the land, they can relax in a way that is pure pleasure to watch.

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Baby elephant greeting card with a very young elephant standing by its mother
Baby Elephant