It's a girl...a really BIG girl

Tupelo was born at the Houston Zoo Sunday night

October 5, 2010 11:02:59 AM PDT
There's a new addition at the Houston Zoo. Over the weekend, Tess, a 29-year-old Asian elephant delivered a healthy female calf, which has been named Tupelo by the Zoo's elephant care team. Tupelo was born at 7:38pm Sunday and was nursing approximately four hours later.

"This has been an incredible year for the elephant team at the Houston Zoo," said Large Mammal Curator Daryl Hoffman. "Elephant births in zoos are rare with maybe 3 or 4 a year. To have two births in a span of 4 months speaks volumes about the caliber of care the Houston Zoo provides for the elephants that live here," added Hoffman.

This is the second time an Asian elephant has been born at the Houston Zoo since May 4. That's when 19-year-old Shanti delivered a male calf, Baylor. Thailand, the Houston Zoo's 44-year-old Asian bull elephant, is the father of both Baylor and Tupelo.

The Houston Zoo provided the video above


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