Houston Zoo welcomes new baby elephant, ‘Tilly’

HOUSTON — The stork had a heavy bundle of joy for the Houston Zoo early Sunday morning.

Weighing in at 345 pounds, a bouncing baby elephant named Tilly made her debut just before 3 a.m.

“Our animal team is thrilled that the birth has gone smoothly,” Vice President of Animal Operations Lisa Marie Avendano said. “We look forward to continuing to watch Tilly and Tess bond and introducing her to Houston.”

Tilly’s mom, Tess, is a 35-year-old Asian elephant. She had no complications delivering her.

Tess gave birth in the McNair Elephant Habitat cow barn. She was supervised by a veterinary staff and her keepers.

This is the third calf for Tess. Her two other elephants are 13-year-old Tucker and 7-year-old Tupelo.

The Houston Zoo now has a total of ten elephants including four males and six females.