South African wildlife photographer Renata Ewald was traveling in Kruger National Park when she saw this mother elephant with one terrific pair of breasts.
“I came across this breeding herd in the early hours of the morning, and stopped a safe distance from them to enjoy their presence,” Ewald said to the Daily Mail. “I immediately noticed this particular female, with her baby and super large breasts that you could see from the sides.”
“It was amazing to watch, and I just managed to capture the moment her full ‘double D’ breasts were displayed right in front of me.”
“People were stunned by the lookalike breasts of this female elephant and human females—I knew elephant’s breasts sit in front, it was amazing to see the lookalike comparison. It was a lightbulb moment in my head, and I thought, ‘She looks like a woman.’”
Surprise, surprise, female elephants do have them thangs (two mammary glands that produce milk).
In an 1886 edition of scientific journal The American Naturalist, a doctor named Spencer Trotter described how the female elephant’s “large pendulous genitals” are not towards her back legs like udders (the usual situation for hoofed animals, he explained), but rather are situated in the most convenient location possible for her calf to suckle.
“The young elephant, sucking as it does with its mouth, and possessing a short and comparatively immobile neck, would find it very inconvenient if the glands were situated in the inguinal region with the massive knees of the mother in the way; and this difficulty would be still more increased as the young animal grew,” he wrote. “As it is, the nipple projects horizontally from the pectoral region, the most convenient point, with nothing to interfere.”
Elephant gestation typically lasts between 20 and 22 months (longer than any other mammal), and when a calf is finally born it will weigh between 150 and 230 pounds, according to PBS. Elephant mommies will breast feed their calves nearly 20 pints of milk per day for the first four months of their lives. Talk about potential for a detached nipple!
“I hope these photos helps [sic] people gain more respect for elephants,” Ewald told the Daily Mail. “They are highly intelligent animals, with tight family bonds. They have so many comparisons to humans and should be shown the same level of respect.”