Shedd Aquarium announces dolphin's pregnancy

CHICAGO (STMW) - The Shedd Aquarium announced Monday that one of its Pacific white-sided dolphins is expecting a new addition for the museum this spring.

First-time mother-to-be Katrl, who is 28 years old, is healthy and her pregnancy is progressing normally, according to a statement from the Shedd. The calf was conceived naturally with a male dolphin, Lii, at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida.

“We are feeling very positive, however we know that first-time pregnancies, both in human care and in the wild, are often unsuccessful,” Dr. Vill Van Bonn, vice president of animal care for Shedd, said in the statement.

One of the Shedd’s other dolphins, Piquet, gave birth to a calf  last June, after having delivered her first calf in 2012. Both of those youngsters are doing well, according to the Shedd.

“Katrl has spent a lot of time with Piquet and her calves, Makoa and Sagu, during the births and calf-rearing over the last three  years—we expect that to be very helpful for her own birth experience,” Van Bonn said.

“Our dedicated team has cared for Katrl for over two decades and watching her experience her first pregnancy has been incredible—we are humbled to learn from her and observe one of nature’s amazing events,” Tim Binder, executive vice president of animal care, said in the statement.

Visitors to the Shedd can still see Katrl participating in he daily aquatic shows.

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