Allie, a 26-year-old bottlenose dolphin, gave birth to a female
calf on Aug. 2 around 11 a.m., but the baby died Thursday morning
"after a sudden and rapid decline," Brookfield Zoo announced late
"This was devastating to everyone in our zoo family, but
particularly to the dolphin staff. Our experienced veterinary and
marine mammal staff provided the best possible care to the calf's
26-year-old mother, Allie, throughout her pregnancy," said Bill
Zeigler, senior vice president of collections and animal care for
the Chicago Zoological Society, in a news release. "Our primary
concern now is for the well-being of Allie, who is being monitored
Allie is an experienced mom, having delivered two calves before.
Her pregnancy was confirmed last fall and over the past 12 months,
the zoo's veterinary staff monitored her closely and conducted
routine ultrasound exams. Because Allie cooperated so well with the
staff, they were able to give her the best possible care.
"Allie's pregnancy progressed normally, and she has been
provided proper nutrition and veterinary care throughout her
pregnancy," said Rita Stacey, curator of marine mammals for the
Chicago Zoological Society, which manages the zoo.
"Young calves can fade extremely quickly, so milestones are
tracked around the clock," said Michael Adkesson, DVM, DACZM, vice
president of clinical medicine for the Chicago Zoological Society,
in a news release. "We became increasingly concerned this morning
when we noticed that the calf was showing signs of weakening."
Veterinarians intervened, providing the calf with supportive
care and treatments. But the calf continued to decline and efforts
to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.
Lindsey is Chicago Parent's summer 2013 intern. She is a senior at Ball State University.
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