Nine months may seem like a long time to carry a child, but that’s nothing on what elephants have to go through! After a whopping 22 months of pregnancy, it’s understandable that the herd would want to celebrate, and that’s exactly what you see in this video. The herd gathers together to welcome the arrival of this new family member and to protect it from outside threats.
This beautiful moment caught on video perfectly illustrates the complex emotions elephants have. The adult elephants help lift the baby to its feet with their trunks — they will then barricade the defenseless baby with their massive bodies and it is then the baby elephant will be greeted by its family.
Watch the video below to experience the joyous event of an elephant birth!