The Brookfield Zoo’s first birth of 2014 happens to also be the first of its species ever born at the zoo.
A male grey seal pup was born on New Year’s Day at about 7 a.m. The pup has yet to be named.
At birth, the pup weighed just over 25 pounds, and the zoo staff estimates that he will triple or quadruple his weight in the next month. The pup and his mother Lily, 10, will remain off exhibit for several weeks to allow them time to bond with one another.
Brookfield Zoo is now home to six grey seals, the most in any North American institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, according to a news release from the Chicago Zoological Society. In addition to Lily and her pup, other members of the grey seal group at Brookfield Zoo include Boone, 10, the pup’s father; male Minnow, 27; and females Tasha, 10, and Della, 23.
Photo credit: Brookfield Zoo