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Veterinarians caring for newborn dolphin at Brookfield Zoo

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 5:13 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CST
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Staff at the Brookfield Zoo are keeping close watch on the latest dolphin calf to be born at the zoo.

BROOKFIELD – Veterinarians at Brookfield Zoo took over care of a male dolphin calf born around 6:30 a.m. Oct. 28 after his mother, Spree, was unable to provide adequate care.

“Animal care and veterinary staff will remain in the water providing the calf with continuous, around-the-clock care and nutritional support,” said Michael Adkesson, vice president of clinical medicine for Chicago Zoological Society, in a news release. “The calf is strong and vibrant, but han-drearing of dolphins is very uncommon and presents many challenges. We are hopeful for a positive outcome, but this is a guarded situation.” 

The zoo's Seven Seas dolphin area will remain closed so staff can care for the calf. 

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