The Houston Zoo’s newest arrival

We have a new baby!

Image credit: Houston Zoo

From the Houston Zoo:

On Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 a.m., 29-year-old Asian elephant Shanti gave birth to a 326-pound male calf after a short labor. Immediately following his birth, the elephant team and veterinary staff saw that he was hemorrhaging severely from his umbilicus. Upon further investigation, they determined that he tore a vessel in his umbilical cord during birth. The team acted quickly to sedate the one-hour-old calf and get him into emergency surgery. The Houston Zoo veterinarians preformed the 30-minute procedure to find the torn vessel, stop the bleeding, and close the hole in the calf’s abdomen.

Shortly after surgery, the team reunited the calf with his mom, Shanti. The calf was soon standing and walking on his own and began to nurse before the day ended.

The calf has been named Nelson by the team who have dedicated their lives to the care, well-being, and conservation of these incredible animals.

This is the sixth calf for Shanti, who is also mother to Baylor (10), Duncan (6), and Joy (2), and Nelson raises the number of elephants in the Houston Zoo herd to 11–five males and six females.

Story source: The Houston Zoo.