Newborn elephant looks tiny next to his mum!

Published Monday, Sep 22 2014, 20:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Just how darling does this baby African elephant look?

At 133kg, he may not sound very small. But, pictured here with his mother Azizah, the four-day-old elephant calf - who has yet to be named - seems teeny tiny!

Mother elephant Azizah and her four-day-old baby calf

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Azizah and her son - bless!

The miniature mammoth was born to Azizah at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Beaconsfield last Tuesday morning.

We bet fourth-time parent Azizah is exhausted – elephant births are not an easy "tusk"!

Her pregnancy lasted a whopping 660 days, although this is nothing compared to the 700 days she spent carrying her son Scott in 2011, which is currently the longest-recorded pregnancy for an elephant in British zoo.

And this little lad didn't come a minute too soon, arriving just in time for world-wide Elephant Appreciation weekend, which just happened.

Male African elephants have been known to reach a towering height of 13ft, and an eye-watering 7,000kg!

We reckon it will be no time until Azizah's new son catches her up in size…

by Francesca Specter

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