Monday, May 21, 2012

Baby beluga, don't die

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

When Raffi sang to us about baby belugas, you know what he neglected to mention? That most of the time (at least when they're born in captivity) the tiny white elephant men emerge from their mothers wombs, are too weak to swim to the surface for air, and they fucking die. That would have made a terrible children's song. But at least it would have prepared us for the imminent death of the Georgia Aquarium's newest arrival ...

A newborn beluga calf is in critical condition at the Georgia Aquarium after its birth on Friday morning.

According to aquarium officials, the calf showed signs that it wasn't "strong enough" to swim to its mother after she birthed it.

Dr. Gregory Bossart, senior vice president & chief veterinary officer says, "We became concerned when the calf didn't demonstrate that it could swim alongside its mother. She appeared to be weak, and her tail flukes hadn't hardened. Based on our knowledge regarding healthy calves, we knew we needed to intervene. Without our response, this calf would not have survived."

The aquarium says that oftentimes in beluga whales, first-time pregnancies are unsuccessful.

I like that "strong enough" is in quotes. Like we're mocking an infant whale. Or accusing aquarium officials of lying.

One-woman candlelight vigil in progress.

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