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Fact: A baby elephant (also known as a calf) is dependent upon its mother's milk for the first three to four years of life. The mother's milk contains antibodies to help her calf's immune system, and nutrients such as calcium, to help the baby grow strong bones. If the baby is separated from its mother too soon, then its chances of getting bone disease are high.
Source: Foundation for the Conservation of Northern Elephants

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A mother African elephant and her calf in Tanzania.
Image Source: Gary M. Stolz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Fact: Researchers have discovered that elephants can feel and interpret vibrations from great distances using their feet. With this skill, elephants can feel stampedes and other nearby elephants, and use this information to better understand what is going on around them.
Source: BBC - Elephant feet made for talking?

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An African elephant bull (male).
Image Source: John Walker, Images of Africa.

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Fact: Elephants are highly intelligent animals, and are capable of emotions, such as grief. There are instances where elephants have collected the scattered bones of fallen comrades, and assembled them into a single pile, as though they understood that the bones used to be their friends. They have also been known to caress the lifeless bodies, and take time to say good-bye and pay their respects, as humans would do over the loss of a loved one.
Source: animalsentience.com

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