Dolphin calf dies week after being born at Brookfield Zoo

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The dolphin calf born at the Brookfield Zoo last week has died.

The 7-day-old bottlenose dolphin was born to a 9-year-old dolphin named Allison. The zoo said the team “observed the mother and calf began showing concerning behavioral changes in their swimming patterns” a few days after birth. The team attempted to provide supportive treatment but “despite the efforts by the veterinary and marine mammal staff, the calf died late Friday evening.”

More tests will be done to determine is there were other contributing factors to its death.

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6 comments

  • Cathy Moritz

    It has to stop. We have taken them from their habitat. We are destroying their habitat. And then there’s this that happens way too often. I’m not sure why, but I have always had a really sensitive nerve when it comes to marine animals in captivity. I get so angry when I see these things.

    The majority of dolphins and whales born into captivity die pretty early. It is incredibly stressful for them. The water chemistry isn’t right, the space is too small (live in your bathtub for the rest of your life), they don’t have the rest of the pod to help the mom (they family groups in the wild), and nutrition is totally off. Every time I hear that another marine mammal has been born in captivity, I hold my breath waiting for the bad news.

  • Lisa Richardson

    A dolphin being born into captivity is nothing to celebrate. Instead it should bring about concern that there are still people in this world who believe dolphins and whales in tanks is ok. The loss of this yound calf is a tragedy, but i do hope from its death the zoo opens its eyes and stops this insanuty. Any one who cares about the dolphins would close down and shut these facilities. Anyone who claims they do, but continues to keep them captive is after one thing and one thing only – money.

  • Rebecca

    This is why they should not breed wild animals in captivity. I can see if they are trying to keep an animal from extinction but this is not the case. There are plenty of rescue dolphins that cannot be released back to the wild that Zoos can take in and care for. This is ridiculous.

  • Mike Eagen

    I was a naval officer for 25 years and one of my fields of endeavor was anti-submarine warfare, to include very powerful sonars and their uses. One learns a lot about marine mammals in that line of work; like the fact that dolphins and whales are intelligent beings with the finest natural sonar to ever grace the planet, and the ability to hear things a 100 or more miles away when the conditions are right. Being in one of those tanks with pumps that circulate the water running continuously would be akin to one of us strapping a Black and Decker power drill motor to our heads and running it non-stop. You’d go stark, raving mad, and so do they; all for our “entertainment.” I haven’t been to Sea World in my home town of San Diego in at least forty years, and will never cross their threshold again, until all the marine mammals they keep there are no more.