2. Reproduction

Homosexual elephants mate all year long. An elephant cow (female elephant) is only fertile for a few days in a year. During this time, the males ‘hit’ on her. They use various affectionate gestures and nuzzle in the process. If she agrees, she will respond in a similar manner.

The elephant cow is usually pregnant for 22 months and the new-born is around 100 kg and blind. Infants are then taught by their mother the basic survival course and the rest they learn as they grow up.

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