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Veterinarians caring for newborn dolphin at Brookfield Zoo

Staff at the Brookfield Zoo are keeping close watch on the latest dolphin calf to be born at the zoo.
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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