Baby Elephant Thought to be Stillborn is Alive and Well

"Mr. Shuffles" continues to thrive after being pronounced dead Wednesday.

Baby Elephant Thought to be Stillborn is Alive and Well

“Mr. Shuffles” continues to thrive after being pronounced dead Wednesday.

-Carolyn French

Mr. Shuffles

Staff members at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo are blown away by a 255-pound male elephant that is now walking around his pen after being declared dead on Wednesday morning.

During the birth veterinarians were unable to locate any vital signs, but they later discovered that the animal had been in a coma.

Zookeepers have nicknamed the elephant Mr. Shuffles due to his “old-man shuffle”, and are thrilled to see that he is able to function on his own.

“He appears to have a lot more coordination, has great control of his trunk and is shuffling around much more confidently,” senior veterinarian Larry Vogelnest told reporters during a news conference in Sydney. “The calf is also very alert, a good sign considering his eventful start to life.”

The zoo is calling on the public to help think of an official name for Mr. Shuffles, one that reflects his Thai heritage. (AOL News)

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