Baby Elephant Born After Longest Pregnancy at Zoo (Oh the Horror!)
Imagine being pregnant for 700 days -- 700 days! As joyous as it is to carry your own child, a nearly 2-year-long pregnancy sounds like a total nightmare to. Don’t you think? So we’ll have to give this momma elephant major props!
After 700 days of being pregnant, an Asian elephant finally gave birth on October 18 at 12:15 a.m. to her baby. The normal gestation period for this species is 22 months, so you can imagine how anxious momma elephant was after 23 months. Yikes!
The new calf, which weighed in at 228 pounds (on the small side), doesn’t have a name yet. “Keepers were initially worried the pint-sized pachyderm would not be tall enough to reach his mum’s milk,” says animal-birth site ZooBorns.com, “but he quickly learned to get on his tip-toes and has no problem feeding.” Whew!
You can see the baby and the rest of his elephant herd at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in the U.K.
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