Aquarium Cares for Abandoned Beluga Calf

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By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — Marine mammal specialists from across the country are at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward to help care for a baby beluga whale that became separated from its mother shortly after its birth.

The male calf is under 24-hour care, being fed by a stomach tube while learning how to suckle from a bottle.

Staff members say the calf is currently doing well, but the big worry is its under-developed immune system since it never had any of its mother's milk.

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Personnel from aquariums in Atlanta, Chicago and San Diego are helping care for the whale.

The whale was estimated to be 2 days old when it was found in Alaska's Bristol Bay on June 18.

Federal officials will eventually decide where the animal is placed.

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