Dance of Birth

David Strege @ with First steps of baby elephant is touching scene:

Amy Attenborough of the Londolozi Game Reserve wrote that great ceremony accompanies the first steps a baby elephant makes, as the herd closes in to give support to the baby and the mother, after her 22-month pregnancy.

“We watched the elephants perform the dance of birth where they pirouetted in tight circles around themselves and waltzed around each other to the music of their rumbling,” Attenborough wrote.

The three elephants surrounding the baby helped it get up and steadied it on its feet. Attenborough said she was stressed, worrying the elephants might trample the baby elephant, though it appears the elephants were merely helping it stay upright until it found the strength to walk on its own.

“They also touched their trunks to it tenderly, taking turns to greet the new member of the family, all the while rumbling in the deeply comforting way that speaks to elephants and humans alike.”

It was, as Attenborough stated, an “incredibly touching scene.”



  1. AWWWWWWW Baby Baby Baby!! One of the most beautiful dances I have ever seen..

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  2. I knew our Mimi wouldn’t be able to resist this scene. 😊 so very precious and so incredible when you think about it. Can you imagine if human babies could walk within minutes of being born?

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  3. Beautiful. Especially the elephant’s trunks caressing the baby, as if to say, “we’ve got you.”

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  4. Love this! Is it just me or do the adults seem to be happy, proud and grateful? 🙂

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  5. Fabulous — if you get a chance to, read “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult — the novel is set in and around the study of elephants. Wonderful! MJ

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  6. how beautiful and loving

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  7. Amazing! There is so much body language, tradition, virtues as caring & protectiveness, sense of family & community… I could go on & on 🙂
    We have a lot to learn from them. Thanks for the share 🙂

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  8. We can learn so much from animals on to take care of the young ones not just a parent but as a community. Endearing.

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  9. So touching 🙂 ❤

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  10. I don’t know if this will work, but will try to embed another amazing elephant bit. They are so family oriented.

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