How many babies can an elephant have?

Can elephants have multiple babies?

Elephants are pregnant for close to two years — more than double the time for human beings. They normally have only one calf at a time, although there have been rare multiple births.

Why is an elephant pregnant for 2 years?

The mystery of the elephant’s long pregnancy has been unravelled by scientists. A quirk of biology allows the unborn calf to develop in the womb for almost two years, giving it the brain power it needs to survive from birth.

At what age do elephants stop reproducing?

Moreover, while some field studies on African elephants (Loxodonta africana) suggest that females may cease reproduction at 40–50 years [23],[24],[30], others show females capable of reproducing until 60 [22],[31],[32].

What animal has a 9 month pregnancy?

The gestation period for a cow is about nine months long.

For mammals the gestation period is the time in which a fetus develops, beginning with fertilization and ending at birth. The duration of this period varies between species. The gestation period for a cow is about nine months long.

Do elephants eat their babies?

“In captive elephants it is common for them not to know about looking after their young.” She may also have gone through birth without another female to help and comfort her. Elephants in zoos have been known to intentionally kill their young, but there is only speculation as to why this is.

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