Baby Dolphin at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove in Orlando welcomed a female dolphin calf on March 18 at 3:45 am. The calf weighs about 22 kg (48 lbs.) and is 1.2 m (47 in.) long.  The baby dolphin is doing well, nursing and bonding with her mother Natalie.

Dolphin calf and mother

The baby female dolphin born at Discovery Cove is doing well, bonding with mother Natalie. Photo by Discovery Cove.

Learn more about the calf at discoverycove.com. View our bottlenose dolphin page to learn more facts about dolphins.

Baby Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove in Orlando, FL welcomed a male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf on Monday. The calf weighs 44 pounds and measures 44 inches long.

Baby dolphin

The baby calf swims and bonds with his mother Kendall. Photo by Discovery Cove.

To learn more about bottlenose dolphins, see our Bottlenose Dolphin Facts Page.

Baby Dolphin at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove

Dolphin calf and mother

A female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf bonds with her mother at Discovery Cove in Florida.

A female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf was born at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida on November 30. The baby weighed 35 pounds and measured 3.5 feet long.

This birth is notable because scientists were able to pre-select the dolphin’s gender using a new technology called “sperm-sexing” where X chromosomes (which produce female offspring) are separated from Y chromosomes (which produce male offspring). This advancement allows scientists to preserve genetic diversity in dolphins.

According to SeaWorld, the new baby is doing well, continuing to develop and bonding with her mother.

For more info, visit SeaWorld’s website.

To learn more about bottlenose dolphins, see our Bottlenose Dolphin Facts Page.

Baby Animals of 2011

There were so many adorable baby animals born in 2011.  Here are a few highlights:

Baldest Baby: This baby aardvark was born at Busch Gardens Tampa on April 10, 2011. He was hand-reared by zookeepers because his mother was neglecting him.

Photo provided by Busch Gardens

Unlikely Friends: An 8-week-old cheetah (born in February) was paired with a 16-week-old yellow lab at Busch Gardens Tampa. The two adolescents became great pals.

Cheetah cub and puppy friends

Photo provided by Busch Gardens

Most Smiley: A dolphin calf was born on July 26th at SeaWorld Orlando. Here he is bonding with his mother.

Dolphin mother and calf

Photo provided by SeaWorld

Hope you enjoyed our roundup of amazing animal babies of 2011. Happy New Year!