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The Honeymoon After mating, the male elephant sometimes spends time caressing the female, and sometimes retreats. Mating pairs have been known to stay in affectionate couplings for weeks at a time or not at all. The female remains with her family herd while the male returns to his solitary life, often not seeing that female again. If the mating was a success, and the female becomes pregnant, it takes almost two years (22 months) before she gives birth. If she has not been impregnated, she…