Stranded newborn dolphin rescued from shallow waters

Jason Collier/SeaWorld Orlando

Pedro Ramos-Navarrate, supervisor of animal care at SeaWorld Orlando, feeds the rescued dolphin.

A male dolphin calf was discovered alone and stuck in shallow waters under a mangrove by SeaWorld Orlando this week. The animal rescue team traveled to Three Sisters Island in Volusia County, Florida on Monday to rescue the young dolphin.

Jason Collier/SeaWorld Orlando

Dolphin calves are usually nursed by their mothers until they are 12 to 18 months old. For this baby boy, the job will fall to animal care staff.

The calf, weighing less than 35 pounds, is thought to be no more than five days old due to its small size and probably became separated from his mother before being stranded. Luckily the dolphin appears to have no major health issues but will be manually fed with a tube every two hours to ensure he receives essential nutrients.

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