The elephant’s gestation period is 22 months – longer than any other land animal in the world. A new born human baby weighs an average of 7 pounds while a new born elephant baby can weigh up to 260 pounds! The baby can stand up shortly after being born.
Long developmental periods are common among highly intelligent animals. Since elephants are the largest living and biggest-brained land animal in the world, there's a lot of developing for elephants to do in the womb.
Part of the reason that elephants possess such a superior level of intelligence is the structure of their brain. Elephant brains are similar to humans' in terms of general connectivity and areas. Their neocortex is highly convoluted, as it is in humans, apes and some dolphins.
Elephant behaviour is associated with a unique animal intelligence that displays grief, altruism, compassion, self-awareness, play, art and music. 🐘💕#Consciousvibrancy