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How much does a baby elephant weigh?

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A baby elephant weighs approximately 200 pounds at birth and stands around three feet tall. Baby elephants grow significantly; adult elephants reach weights between 5,000 and 14,000 pounds, and they stand up to 13 feet tall.

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Pregnant female elephants carry their young for nearly two years before giving birth to either a single calf or, occasionally, twins. Each calf relies on its mother's milk for up to two years. Upon maturity, male elephants begin to roam on their own, while females typically remain in their family's herd for their entire lives. In the wild, elephants have a lifespan of up to 70 years.

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    What does a baby elephant look like?

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    Baby elephants, or elephant calves, are usually about 3 feet tall and weigh about 250 pounds when they are born. They are born with fuzzy black or red fur, which they eventually lose, on their heads and backs. Otherwise, they resemble adults of their species from the beginning.

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    How big is an elephant?

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    The size of an elephant depends on the elephant's age, gender and type; the largest elephant was an adult male African elephant who weighed approximately 24,000 pounds and stood 13 feet tall at the shoulder. Most African elephants stand from 8.2 to 13 feet tall at the shoulder.

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    What is a male elephant called?

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