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Mlilo, one of five elephants sent to the Dallas Zoo in a 17-elephant import that sent six each to Omaha and Wichita in March, gave birth to a baby boy on May 14, the zoo announced Tuesday. All of the breeding-age male elephants in Swaziland were given vasectomies several years ago, yet here he is.

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The elephants remained inside, away from the wind and chill, on their first Saturday on display. But chilly weather didn’t keep more than 7,000 people from visiting them. As people took their turns looking at the elephants, phrases such as “That’s crazy,” “I can’t see,” and “There’s the baby elephant” could be heard.

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Six African elephants will move into the zoo’s new elephant holding building in the African Grasslands portion of the zoo sometime this fall or winter, said Dennis Pate, the zoo’s CEO and executive director.

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