Shedd Aquarium Holds Gender Reveal Party For Beluga Calf

July 16, 2019 - 12:26 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It's a....BOY!

The Shedd Aquarium held a gender reveal party on Tuesday morning to announced that the beluga calf born less than two weeks ago is a healthy baby boy. 

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According to the Shedd, the animal care team confirmed the gender of the calf when it received its first health exam last week. The team said the calf is growing as expected.

"The aquarium is still monitoring mom and calf 24 hours, observing the pair as the calf continues to develop and nurse. The valuable data collected from these observations – especially nursing rates – are shared with partners that are studying wild beluga whales like the population in Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway, to help better understand how to safeguard the species and monitor population changes," the Shedd said in a statement.

Guests can now view mom, Mauyak, and the male calf in the aquarium’s Secluded Bay habitat.