PHOTOS: New dolphin calf born at Shedd Aquarium

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CHICAGO — One of Shedd Aquarium’s Pacific white-sided dolphins has given birth to a healthy calf, the aquarium announced Monday.

According to Shedd the calf was born shortly after midnight Monday morning. It weighed in at about 28 pounds and was roughly 3 feet in length.

It is the second successful pregnancy for the mother, 27-year-old Piquet, the aquarium said in a statement.

“Both mother and calf appear to be doing well and will remain under 24-hour observation by Shedd’s animal care staff for several months,” the statement reads.

Though the birth was a success, the aquarium said the calf will still have many “milestones” to overcome, such as bonding with the mother and learning to feed independently.

“Animal care and animal health staffs are excited and hopeful and are using the knowledge gained through previous births to help monitor and ensure mother and calf are meeting these important milestones,” Tim Binder, executive vice president of animal care for Shedd Aquarium, said in the statement.

The gender of the calf has not yet been determined.

Shedd provided several photos of its newest dolphin. Check them out in the gallery above.

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