A baby African elephant weighs 200 pounds and stands about 3 feet tall at birth. Asian elephants are slightly smaller, though not by much.
Having a baby is a relatively large commitment for elephants. These mammals already do not sleep much as they have to constantly roam around in order to find enough food to feed their massive bodies; elephants consume approximately 300 pounds of food a day. Having a baby elephant requires more food, and elephants carry their babies for almost 22 months. Mother elephants, referred to as cows, give birth to one baby elephant every 2 to 4 years.