Story by: Kim Huston on October 17, 2019
We love babies of all kinds at Norton Children’s. Mikki, the Louisville Zoo’s 33-year-old African elephant, gave birth Aug. 2 to a bull calf. Mikki’s pregnancy lasted 22 months (651 days). The soon-to-be named calf measured 98 cm (3 feet 2 inches) tall, 77 cm (2 feet, 5 inches) long (body, head to tail) and 198 cm (6 feet, 5 inches) from the tip of its trunk to the tip of its tail at birth. The calf weighed 275 pounds when he was two days old. The 2-month-old calf will soon have a name, through a contest presented by Norton Children’s. As we celebrate the second elephant born at the Louisville Zoo in the zoo’s 50-year history, we ask: How does child development stack up to that of an elephant?
Let’s take a look at how human babies and elephant calves are different by the numbers.
Find a pediatrician