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This image of a female elephant standing in front of a young calf and a baby is a great example of how elephant herds are matriarchal. Elephants may be the most protective moms on the planet. Herds of females and children usually travel together in a circle with the youngest member on the inside, protected from predators. If one child becomes an orphan, the rest of the herd will adopt him.
Elephant mothers carry their babies for nearly two years before giving birth, then they focus on feeding them and teaching them useful skills. It’s not unusual for other females in the herd to help in caring for the calves of other elephants in the same herd.
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