When the baby elephant is born, the mother cow is protective of the calf. This can be seen by the pictures. The baby is dependent on its mother for protection and food. As the baby elephant grows up, she learns from the herd where to go for water, how to use its trunk for drinking and picking leaves, and how to use her tusk for digging, a resting place for its trunk, and a weapon. Eventually the calf grows up and has her own calf.