Baby elephants are one of the cutest and most mysterious animals regardless of their colossal exterior. They are born weighing a minimum of 90 kilograms. This is a lot more than the human baby however, neither one has any survival instincts at birth.
Calves are born without sight which makes them vulnerable to predators, during this time their mothers protect them very closely, nurturing them and teaching them survival skills. They drink milk for up to 3 years after they are born, which is why they are not raised by their biological mother alone. A baby calf has several babysitters within the herd, this allows the cow elephant to replenish to produce milk for her young.
I am the baby of the family. When I am born, I can immediately stand on my own two feet and I follow my mother everywhere. I often get distracted play games instead, my favourite games are chasing birds and mimicking my elders. This is how I grasp and master the skills I need for adulthood which is why it is good for me to play around however, getting distracted can also be a negative thing because I can easily get left behind by the herd if mother does not come back for me. I would be exposed to my predators or I could even starve to death. I do my best to keep up with my mother through touch and scent as these are two factors which help me to stick to her. I am born with a lot of hair but as I grow older, it reduces. I enjoy sucking on my trunk just as a human baby sucks on his/her thumb. I am like a human baby in many ways and simply want to explore the new world I am in. Without me, there is no future for my kind and possibly other animal species who indirectly rely on us.
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