Friday, October 14, 2005

Sea World pairs up newborn killer whale with bottlenose dolphin

SeaWorld San Antonio animal care specialists are caring for a female killer whale calf after the mother rejected it after giving birth Sunday.

This is the first time that staff from any SeaWorld park has intervened to raise a calf from birth.
A female bottlenose dolphin has been paired with the calf to swim with it at the park's Shamu Stadium.

Specialists have started feeding formula to the infant, whose birth increases the park's killer whale population to eight.

The calf was the first born to 17-year-old Kayla, who weighs 6,000 pounds. The calf weighs 264 pounds and is 6 feet, 9 inches.

The staff is monitoring both animals daily. The calf is in guarded condition. The mother's condition is good and she is eating well.

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