It’s known that elephant calves are awkward, which is also adorable. But have you ever wondered why? Calves can weigh up to 100 kg and stand under one meter tall when they are born. Elephant calves are precocial because they want to stand as soon as they are born. A calf can typically stand up after an hour.
In the first few days of life, they are a little shaky due to their weak eyesight, which impairs their balance, coordination, and depth perception. Despite this, they make an effort to be ᴄʟᴏsᴇ to their moms because they can identify them by touch, odor, and sound. Elephants suckle from their moms using their lips rather than their trunks.
They struggle to control their trunks for the first year of their existence. Elephants, like young babies, learn how to use their trunks and other behaviors from their parents and other family members.
Two days after birth, calves are strong enough to start walking and joining the herd. So that the calves can keep up, the herd will pick up the pace. Calves will begin experimenting with their growing trunks in the early months by selecting plants to replace their mother’s milk.
Let’s watch These Clumsy And Cute Elephants Play happily in the video below: