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The birth of a new baby is a reason for celebration in any family. Relatives come from far and wide to come meet the new little member of their family. Before the baby can lift their head on their own or speak, they are surrounded by an entire army of loving, protective people who are overjoyed at their mere existence. Coming together for the birth of a baby is an age-old tradition for humans, but as this video shows, it is too for elephants.

The daughter of the matriarch of the OA elephant family in Amboseli National Park has just given birth. Once the matriarch notices her daughter approaching the herd with her new little one, she rushes over to greet them. We imagine she’s saying something like, “He has your ears!” and is already making plans to spoil the stuffing out of her new grandchild.

It’s not long before the rest of the herd comes running over to see the new baby as well. Such a beautiful tradition! Good luck, little elephant!

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0 comments on “Entire Elephant Family Rushes to Greet Newborn Calf in This Rare and Touching Video”

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Barbara
3 Years Ago

Looks like they were protecting the baby. Not welcoming it. They kept watching the camera .


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carlos grimaldi
3 Years Ago

looks more like a protective perimeter


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Janet
04 May 2015

I think so to, they were protecting more than greeting the new baby.

carlos
3 Years Ago

looks more like a protective perimeter


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MARE
3 Years Ago

THIS BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES ARE ELEPHANTS I LIVE , BREATHE FOR.. I AM SO HAPPY ONE MORE TO THE BUNCH. IS THERE A PLACE ONE CAN VISIT, VOLUNTEER NEAR THERE?


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Judith
3 Years Ago

It was beautiful. I got the impression that the elephants were more bothered by the camera / operator, than by the other elephants. There is too much poaching going on in the world for wild elephants (if they are wild) to get too used to people around them. Especially when they are vunarable.


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Kim
28 Apr 2015

My thoughts exactly !!!

Ann-Marie
28 Apr 2015

Yes, they seem to be forming a protective circle from humans!

Ann-Marie
28 Apr 2015

No one should approach animals especially when they have just had a child. They are overly protective and cautious as they should be



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