This new bebe oliphant was born October 18 at the Whipsnade zoo in the UK. Azizah, the mother of this 228 pound bundle of joy, was pregant for nearly 2 years. Apparently the normal gestation period for Asian elephants is 22 months — a seriously long time — but Azizah was pregnant even longer than that. Oddly enough, the newborn happens to be the smallest baby elephant ever born at Whipsnade. Zooborns reports:
Keepers were initially worried the pint-sized pachyderm would not be tall enough to reach his mum's milk, but he quickly learnt to get on his tip-toes and has had no problem feeding.
Gah! Adorable. The giant little guy doesn't have a name yet. Any suggestions?