Nature’s Marvellous Mothers.
Humans are not the only ones who take extraordinary steps to protect, nurture and raise their young. The animal kingdom’s dedicated moms’ primal instinct ensure that they take the time to teach their babies how to find food and protect themselves against the elements. For example, female elephants deserve a prize for enduring a 22-month pregnancy, and finally giiving birth to one of the heaviest babies around, at 200 pounds. The calves are initially born blind, forcing them to rely on their trunks for navigation and discovery, but fortunately, they live in a matriarchal society. Once the baby is born, the other “ladies” in the herd all lend a hand, including grandmothers, sisters, aunts and even cousins. These full-time baby-sitters are called “Allomothers,” and they help in every aspect of rearing the young calves — so in this case, it really does take a village to raise an elephant!
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