It’s been nearly two years since the United States saw the birth of an African elephant, but on May 14, the Dallas Zoo welcomed its own baby calf.
The zoo announced today on its Facebook page that Mlilo, one of the five elephants rescued from drought-stricken Swaziland in March, gave birth to a 175-pound male who has yet to be named.
“This birth validates the critical importance of our rescue efforts and why we worked so hard to get these animals to safety as quickly as possible,” said Dallas Zoo president and CEO Gregg Hudson in an interview.
Mlilo and the baby are currently receiving round-the-clock care and thought the calf was born a bit underweight, he is active nursing. The zoo expects it will be another few months before guests are able to see the calf in the park.
For now, the public can celebrate the new baby by watching this video after his birth.