When we consider the need for smiles and happiness, the usual animals to come to mind are adorable little fuzzy kittens and puppies tripping over their own floppy ears. However, we often overlook one of the most adorable little creatures out there – baby elephants!
While the only elephant that comes to mind may be Dumbo, don’t discount the incredible power of these giant land animals. Elephants are highly social beings, each holding their important role in the herd. While the males often wander off on their own, foraging for food and exploring the area, the females stick together with their young to teach and guide them.
There is no arguing the fact that these beings are large, with African elephants weighing on average 5,000 to 14,000 lbs and Asian elephants weight up to 5.5 tons. It should come as no surprise, then, that their young are also surprisingly large. In fact, elephant calves are born at approximately 200lbs and will grow an average of 2 to 3 lbs every day during the first year of their lives.
Unfortunately, with increased rates of poaching and dwindling habitat, it is estimated that there are somewhere between 450,000 and 700,000 African elephants and 35,000 and 40,000 Asian elephants. This number will continue to drop so long as the ivory trade continues to flourish, and we fail to take responsibility for our role in the loss of their habitat. The power is in our hands.
During the first year of their lives, before the calves ‘grow up’ (because they are so small, to begin with), there is no denying that baby elephants are absolutely adorable. Their big floppy ears and clumsy movements make for some adorable moments, ones that are sure to bring a smile to your face! Don’t believe me?