SAN ANTONIO, TX -- SeaWorld is celebrating a new addition to its theme park.
The park says a female Beluga calf was born over the weekend, following five hours of labor. This bundle of joy weighs a whopping 120 pounds and is 4 feet long.
“SeaWorld is deeply committed to the health and care of all of its animals, and the beluga birth today helps us ensure genetic diversity among all zoo-born beluga whales so that people will be able to connect with these animals for generations to come,” said Chris Bellows, SeaWorld San Antonio’s vice president of zoological operations.
The baby Beluga will be closely monitored during the first few days.
“We will be monitoring nursing, respirations and other vital indicators which, thus far, have been positive,” Bellows said. “Round-the-clock monitoring enables us to record data that will better help us understand growth and maturation in beluga whales.”