A two month old dolphin at the National Aquarium is lucky enough to have three mothers. The little dolphin is being nursed by three females!
Aquarium staffers are amazed and watching the process. Apparently female bottlenose dolphins can spontaneously produce milk if a calf is present, but the practice isn’t well document – hence the fascination.
The calf was born to a dolphin
named Jade who’s now being helped in her mothering duties by fellow female dolphins Chesapeake and Shiloh. The calf was still un-named at the time of the press release.
Obviously the 36 lb, three foot long calf is nursing regularly and is swimming on it’s own. The calf has also begun to interact with trainers and toys.
Dolphin calves are fragile and not easily handled during their first two to three months of life, and trainers at the aquarium are leaving the nursing duties to its mother and her helpers.