A healthy male dolphin was born Monday morning at Brookfield Zoo.
Animal care and veterinary staff are in the water now, providing the calf with continuous, around-the-clock care and nutritional support, according to the zoo.
The Seven Seas Dolphin Area will remain closed to the public so staff can care for the new calf and another calf born just two weeks ago.
In a statement, the zoo says, “The first 30 days of life are a critical time frame for neonatal dolphins and account for the largest rate of loss to dolphin populations both in the wild and under professional care.”
(Photo Caption: Michael Adkesson, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, vice president of clinical medicine for the Chicago Zoological Society, provides nutritional support to a neonatal dolphin born at Brookfield Zoo on October 28. He is assisted by Jamie Kennedy, a senior keeper for the Society.)