On May 20 SeaWorld‘s animal rescue team traveled to Three Sisters Island, in Volusia County, Fla. to rescue a stranded newborn dolphin calf.
Weighing slightly less than 35 pounds, the male calf was found stranded in shallow waters under a mangrove. SeaWorld’s animal care experts believe the dolphin is no more than five days old due to itssize, the upright stature of its dorsal fin and the attached umbilical cord at the time of rescue.
Preliminary tests have showed no major health issues but to ensure the young animal gets the essential nutrients he needs, SeaWorld’s animal team has been manually tube-feeding the dolphin every twohours. Dolphin calves typically nurse from their mother until they are 12 to 18 months old.