by: Linda Stouffer Updated:
ATLANTA - The Georgia Aquarium has a birth announcement, but it comes with some serious concerns. A baby beluga is in critical
condition, and specialists are running 24-hour intensive care to monitor the baby's condition.
He said this is a delicate
The whale weighed 82 pounds, which is actually 30 pounds underweight for a beluga baby. More than 60 specialists were in the water for the crucial first moments, said Hurley.
"The calf came out of mom and began to sink slowly through the water
Specialists feed the newborn by tube every 90 minutes and take small blood samples to monitor function and electrolytes. The young whale swims in the main beluga habitat and in a smaller medical pool. Because the whale is in a compromised condition, the baby is not able to nurse.
First-time pregnancies in beluga whales have a very low success rate. Experts say that is also true in the wild. The mother, Maris, is doing very well.
The beluga habitat is off-limits to visitors for now; it's closed off by a
The staff is on edge, hoping the Aquarium's first beluga born there survives.
"It's a miraculous moment to be with this