A baby dolphin was born on Monday afternoon at Dolphin Quest, a conservation and education-dedicated park in Hawaii, and the birth was captured on video.
It's the first baby for proud dolphin mom, 12-year-old Keo. Dolphin
Quest trainers were in the water during the dolphin birth to observe and
comfort the new dolphin mom. Dolphins Pele (the new baby's grandmother)
and Noelani (the baby's aunt) were also in the Dolphin Quest lagoon to
keep Keo company.
The baby, a female calf, and mom are both well and wonderful. The baby dolphin began nursing within four hours of birth. About 50 people gathered around the Hilton's Dolphin Quest lagoon to witness the rarely-seen event. Keo was in labor for approximately one hour.
The first 30 days of a newborn dolphin's life are the most critical. Dolphin Quest trainers will continue round-the-clock watch over the pair, recording nursing and respiration rates, and making sure that Keo is well-fed and hydrated. Over that period, Keo's new baby will be introduced to the other nine dolphins at Dolphin Quest Hawaii. After the initial 30 day care period, trainers will select a name for the new baby girl.
Watch the incredible video, AFTER THE JUMP...