Dolphin calf born at Brookfield Zoo

December 14, 2014 7:41 PM

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Brookfield Zoo has announced the birth of its eighth bottlenose dolphin. Weighing in at 35- to 40-pounds and measuring 3½ feet long, the calf was born to first-time mom Allison, age 9, on Friday.

Though a dolphin birth is not considered successful until the calf reaches one year of age, the staff already has witnessed important milestones, including nursing and slipstreaming, which is when a calf is able to rest in its mom's wake while she is on the move.

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