Brookfield Zoo has welcomed another new baby
First-time mom Spree gave birth to a male calf at
Brookfield Zoo around 6:30 a.m. on October 28, less than two weeks
Tapeko gave birth to her calf.
Shortly following the birth Spree was not
providing adequate maternal care so zoo staff made the decision to
intervene to provide necessary neonatal care.
"Animal care and veterinary staff will remain in
the water providing the calf with continuous, around-the-clock care
and nutritional support," Michael Adkesson,
vice president of clinical medicine for the
Chicago Zoological Society, said in a news release.
"The calf is strong and vibrant, but hand rearing
of dolphins is very uncommon and presents many
Although the situation is guarded, zoo staff are
"hopeful for a positive outcome."
The Seven Seas dolphin arena will remain closed
until further notice so that staff can provide continuous care for
the new calves and their moms.
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