Hippo mother and calf taking a well deserved nap in the sand, side by side
Would you call a 100 kg heavy, 6 ft tall creature a baby? Probably not but fact is, some animal babies are simply huge!
Baby elephants, for example, weigh in at 115 kg (250 lb) at birth and already stand 1 m (3 ft) tall. Though physically taller than most other animal babies, they are dependent on their mothers for the first two or three years, the time baby elephants nurse for (human moms, can you imagine?). Female elephants reach full maturity at 9 years of age and males at 15.