Elephant family rescues calf from drowning in pool

Ruben Ruiz
June 20, 2017

The 26-year-old Asian elephant, Shanti, is expected to give birth this summer after a two-year gestation period.

As seen in the CCTV footage, the calf is playing in the water next to one of the adult elephants. Zoo officials said they are optimistic that the pregnancy is advancing normally and on schedule. The zoo's elephant team has given Shanti almost two years of prenatal care along with four veterinarians with regular ultrasounds and blood work.

After giving birth, the mom and calf will undergo exams and several days of bonding behind the scenes before making their public debut. Suddenly, the baby slipped and fell into the water.

The Houston Zoo is preparing to welcome its newest - but not smallest - member.

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Shanti's motherhood announcement comes just after the zoo doubled the size of its elephant exhibit in May, adding a custom-built 7,000-square-foot barn to house the bull elephants, a highly visible boardwalk and a 160,000-gallon pool.

When their attempts prove unsuccessful, they dash into the water and push the baby elephant towards the shallow end of the pool and then out of water onto dry land. A portion of zoo admissions and memberships goes to protecting an estimated 200 to250 wild elephants in Asia.

The Houston Zoo also provides funds for elephant conservationist, Nurzhafarina "Farina" Othman and her team in Asia, to put tracking collars on wild elephants. One of the most astonishing parts of the video is when the second elephants run to help the calf on hearing the cries.

Luckily, a growing number of producers are working to protect these areas and the animals that live there.

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