Baby elephant takes its first steps on MalaMala

Elephants by Andrew Batchelor

Elephants by Andrew Batchelor

This week’s Video Thursday is the absolutely incredible footage of a newborn elephant taking its first steps. Encouraged and gently guided by its mother, it is an extremely touching clip that will have you utterly entranced.

Captured by ranger Pieter van Wyk, this rare footage is ‘one for the books’!

Some interesting facts about baby elephants:

  • Elephants are born at an incredible mass of 77-113 kg, with a height of about 91 cm at the shoulder.
  • They can consume up to 11.4 litres of milk a day!
  • Elephants have complex social structures. Babies are cared for not only by their mothers, but also by other females of the herd.
  • Infancy is not only an important time for the young calves, but also for the young mothers-to-be.  It is through the close interaction and kinship between the two that young females are able to develop the skills required for motherhood.

We hope you got as much enjoyment from these few minutes as we did.

Happy almost-weekend folks,

The MalaMala Team.

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