One big baby: Houston Zoo welcomes baby elephant

Scary moments as Houston Zoo welcomes baby elephant

HOUSTON — There’s apparently a baby boom at zoos that is happening right now.

Houston Zoo has welcomed Nelson, a baby elephant that was born on Tuesday, KHOU reported.

He weighs in at 326 pounds.

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But Nelson’s birth wasn’t an easy one. Nelson had a torn vessel in his umbilical cord and was bleeding. He was rushed into surgery to stop the bleeding and close a hole in his stomach, KHOU reported.

Shortly after he was walking around the enclosure and nursing from his mom Shanti.

But Nelson won’t be joining his brothers, sisters and the rest of the heard any time soon. Zoo officials are keeping an eye on Nelson and Shanti as they bond and to make sure he’s fully recovered.

FILE PHOTO: A baby elephant was born at the Houston Zoo.
FILE PHOTO: A baby elephant was born at the Houston Zoo. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)