Undertoad Friday Sep 5 12:51 PM
9/5/2003: Mom and daughter elephants
Dagney Friday Sep 5 01:19 PM
Undertoad Friday Sep 5 01:32 PM
I don't think so... the caption information didn't have anything much.
Dagney Friday Sep 5 01:39 PM
daniwong Friday Sep 5 01:52 PM
Can I just say aaaaawwwwww! How cute is this picture!!!
lhand Friday Sep 5 02:01 PM
And as the tank slowly filled with water....
Is it just me, or does it look like they're drowning these elephants?
Beletseri Friday Sep 5 02:39 PM
It looks to me like the dome part of the top of the head gets bigger proportionally in the mature elephant. Does this mean its brain grows relatively larger or is that padding? Usually in mammals the young ones have proportionally large heads relative to bodies which is one of those things that make us think all baby mammals are cute.
juju Friday Sep 5 03:17 PM
It looks like you're right. According to this link:<blockquote>Interestingly, the growth and development of the elephant's brain is similar to that of mans. Both the elephant and man are born with small brain masses. The mass of the new-born elephant's brain is 35% of that of the adult, while Mans is 26%. Thus, there is considerable growth and development as the calf grows up. As the mass of the brain increases, so does the learning ability of young elephants.</blockquote>Interestingly, our own brains are thought to be large in relation to our body as a result of our ancestors learning to walk upright. The opening in our pubic bone had to be smaller to in order to maintain our new center of gravity, and our babies had to be born with underdeveloped brains in order to fit through it. This, of course, freed the babies' brain to grow much larger than it was previously able to.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Sep 5 05:21 PM
elSicomoro Friday Sep 5 05:48 PM
Eh, Tony...Kandula is a boy.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Sep 5 06:23 PM
C'mon, way too young for a sex change.
Torrere Friday Sep 5 06:57 PM
Unfortunately, trying to force babies with big heads through small holes is dangerous. This is why, through history, so many women have died during childbirth.
Griff Friday Sep 5 06:59 PM
Undertoad Friday Sep 5 09:32 PM
If AFP can't get this right what else do they get wrong?
xoxoxoBruce Friday Sep 5 10:24 PM
Beletseri Saturday Sep 6 11:10 AM
I was born after 3 days of labor with a red eye and a lopsided head. No permanent damage but I'm glad I wasn't my mom and I'm glad I don't remember being born.
Leah Sunday Sep 7 06:31 PM
Just logged on, and you have made me Monday morning. Thank you. Luv the elephants.