Nelson was born Tuesday morning, weighing 326 pounds, became the 11th elephant at the zoo with his mother, Shanti, and six siblings.
Nelson was with his mother but had some serious complications during the delivery.
Veterinarians found out that Nelson had torn a blood vessel in the umbilical cord shortly after birth and bleed a lot.
Immediately put him into surgery, where a team of veterinarians could stop the bleeding and close a hole in his stomach.
He was reunited with his mother right after surgery and started walking and breastfeeding the same day.
Zoo officials said they were “cautiously optimistic” that it would make a full recovery.
Lisa Marie Avendano, vice president of animal operations at Houston Zoo, said: “We are immensely proud of our dedicated, skilled, and experienced team of elephants and veterinarians, who are strict and ready to respond to whatever our new calf needs “.
Officials will keep an eye on Nelson and Shanti over the coming days to make sure they’re communicating and that Nelson is growing.
“We look forward to continuing to watch Nelson and Shanti stick and introduce him to Houston,” said Avendano.
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