Newborn Beluga in critical condition

10:10 PM, May 21, 2012   |    comments
(File Photo Courtesy Georgia Aquarium)
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ATLANTA -- A newborn beluga calf is in critical condition at the Georgia Aquarium after its birth on Friday morning. 

According to aquarium officials, the calf showed signs that it wasn't "strong enough" to swim to its mother after she birthed it.

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Dr. Gregory Bossart, senior vice president & chief veterinary officer says, "We became concerned when the calf didn't demonstrate that it could swim alongside its mother. She appeared to be weak, and her tail flukes hadn't hardened. Based on our knowledge regarding healthy calves, we knew we needed to intervene. Without our response, this calf would not have survived."

The aquarium says that oftentimes in beluga whales, first-time pregnancies are unsuccessful. 

The calf is under 24-hour care and updates on its condition can be found on the Georgia Aquarium Blog


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