Kaziranga National Park, India

A cute Asian elephant calf with its mother is coming out of the tall grass. The mother is acting protective behind the sweet little calf, which is still quite young. As curious as the cute calf is.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 4 October, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-T2 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/340s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Focal Length: 340.6mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5516 by 3677 pixels (WxH).

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A cute Asian elephant calf with its mother is coming out of the tall grass. The mother is acting protective behind the sweet little calf, which is still quite young. As curious the cute calf is, it walks ahead to explore. When an Asian elephant calf is born, it weighs around 65 – 105 kilograms / 150 – 230 pounds. They are quite massive. Female elephants carry their developing calves for 20-22 months. Finally born with such enormous weight and this is only the beginning. The elephant calf has to grow. Therefore, in the beginning, it drinks 10 liters / 20 pints of milk per day. With that much milk, it gains around 13 kilograms / 30 pounds per week. The freshly born elephant calf will stay very close to its mother for a period.

Asian Elephant Calves Childhood

Asian elephant calves stay with their mother and herd for up to 16 years. Nearly as long as we humans do. The first 2-3 years an Asian elephant calf depends solely on its mother. Of course for feeding, for protection, and also to learn. At the age of two, an elephant calf starts to eat on its own. They still depend on the milk of its mother. Did you know that elephant calves lose their teeth and tusks just like we humans do?

Some facts about Asian elephants and their cousins: African elephants. Difference between two continents:

  • An Asian elephant has small ears like the African elephant’s ears.
  • Asian elephant males have tusks but females don’t. African elephants, both female and male, can have tusks.
  • The most exciting difference is that an Asian elephant’s trunk has only one finger on the end of the trunk. Therefore an African elephant two fingers.

Asian elephant, Elephas maximus, is classified as endangered in the IUCN list.

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1 comment for Asian Elephant Calf With Mother

  1. Hanneke

    So lovely 💞

    • Anette Mossbacher

      These Asian elephants surprised us. They suddenly appeared silently from the jungle beside our jeep. The little calf was first, before the rest of the elephant herd appeared.
      Thank you very much, Hanneke.
      Ciao Anette

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