“It feels the same to me as having my own babies in the same room,” one keeper, who's also a father of a 4-year-old and 15-year-old, told The Dodo. “It felt very similar as to when they were babies, waking up at all hours to feed and change them.”
Most of the elephant keepers are parents themselves, so the experience of raising the baby elephants feels oddly familiar.
“The elephant babies call out in the night, especially the very young ones,” another keeper said. “The young ones are very restless as well, just like human babies, and wake up often. Sometimes they are crying for milk — you have to wake up for them just like a mother with a newborn baby.”