Little John

David Shepherd

CBE OBE FRSA FGRA (25 April 1931 - 19 September 2017)

david shepherd, elephant, may 2013, original usa
Elephants, original painting on canvas
84" x 45"
sold May 2013
Approx. $ 43,000

They are highly intelligent animals with complex emotions, feelings, compassion and self-awareness (elephants are one of very few species to recognize themselves in a mirror!).
The gestation period of an elephant is 22 months. That's almost 2 years, the longest pregnancy of any mammal!
Elephants have deep family bonds. The herd is led by the matriarch (the female head of a family.)
Calves are raised by the entire herd. When males are about 12 years old, they leave the herd to live on their own while the females stay with family herd.
Females will often stay with their mothers their whole lives so elephants often become great-grandmothers.
Elephants are highly sensitive and caring animals, much like humans.
If a baby elephant cries, the herd will touch and caress the baby with their trunks to soothe it.
They are highly intelligent animals with complex emotions, feelings, compassion and self-awareness (elephants are one of very few species to recognize themselves in a mirror!).
The gestation period of an elephant is 22 months.
That's almost 2 years, the longest pregnancy of any mammal! Baby elephants are born blind but they are immediately able to stand up and walk.
The herd celebrates the birth together during a ceremony of trumpeting and touching.

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