• Melinda Murphy

Meet Nelson, the baby elephant

Courtesy KHOU-11


There’s a new baby elephant at the Houston Zoo.


Nelson was born Tuesday morning, weighing in a whopping 326 pounds, becoming the 11th elephant at the zoo and joining his mom, Shanti, and six siblings.


Nelson is with his mom, but there were some serious complications during delivery.


He was immediately taken into surgery, where a team of vets were able to stop the bleeding and close the hole in his stomach.


He was reunited with his mom shortly after surgery and began walking and nursing that same day.


Zoo officials said they’re “cautiously optimistic” he’ll make a full recovery.


Veterinarians found that right after his birth, Nelson had torn a vessel in his umbilical cord and he was badly bleeding.







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