Baby elephant laying in grass

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Learning to walk
A 2-day-old male Asian elephant, weighing only 102 kilograms (about 225 pounds), sits on a bed of grass on May 10 while getting used to his wobbly legs inside his enclosure at the Berlin Zoo.


Asian elephants are an endangered species threatened primarily by habitat loss from deforestation, as well as ivory poaching and  isolation of populations. Since the species' inclusion into the endangered list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 1986, the species has been promoted as a flagship species to raise awareness of animal conservation issues.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.