CHICAGO (AP) — There’s a new baby beluga at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
Aquarium officials announced the baby beluga whale was born early Monday at
4 1/2-feet long and 150 pounds. Officials say both mother and calf appear to
be doing well and are under 24-hour observation by animal health staff.
The calf is the third baby for its mother, Mauyak. Animal care experts at
the aquarium say the baby has taken its first breath and tried to nurse with
The baby beluga arrives less than three months after the Shedd Aquarium had
the birth of its first Pacific white-sided dolphin calf on Memorial Day. The
baby whale is the sixth successful birth since 1999 for the Shedd as part of
the beluga whale breeding cooperative.