Minn. Zoo's highly anticipated dolphin calf born dead

Minn. Zoo's highly anticipated dolphin calf born dead
Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo's highly anticipated dolphin birth didn't end well this morning. Allie, a 21-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, went into labor early this morning but her calf was born dead.

Complications during labor likely caused the death, the zoo says. A March 24 ultrasound showed a living calf in a good position for a safe birth.

The zoo says only 70 percent of dolphin calves survive the first 30 days. Dolphins pregnant for 12 months.

The zoo will perform a necropsy (animal autopsy) to confirm the cause of death.

The Minnesota Zoo still has three other Atlantic bottlenose dolphins besides Allie: "April," 41; "Semo," 45; and "Spree," 6.

If you are interested in what a live dolphin birth looks like, check out this video. It's amazing how fast the calf is perfectly swimming alongside the mother right after popping out.

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