The posterior surface of baby Elephants' ears is red because of a rich plexus of veins beneath the thin baby skin. This provides the means by which all elephants ventilate their body heat. Ear-flapping augments the heat dissipation. As mentioned previously, the wrinkled skin is caused by long immersion in the amniotic fluid. The gestation period for African Elephants is 22 months. [Masuma Dam, Hwange NP, Zimbabwe].
This gesture of one bull Elephant inserting his trunk into another bull's mouth, is thought to be a gesture of friendship or comradship. [Serengeti, Tanzania].
It is thought that when an Elephant dawdles with an elephant skull (or portion thereof), it does so knowing that the object once belonged to an elephant. Elephants are thought to be fascinated by their specie's remains. [Chobe NP, Botswana].