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Rejected baby beluga is hand-fed at SeaWorld

August 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Workers at the San Diego SeaWorld are hand-feeding a baby beluga whale, because the mother showed little interest and rejected the calf. The procedure is new for handlers, but they said it was necessary for the 7-week-old calf.

Workers introduced the baby to another beluga whale. They said it worked because the baby is bonding with its adoptive mother. The calf is doing well and has put on 40 pounds.