For the second year in a row, Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage has welcomed a new resident. A female bottlenose dolphin calf was born on August 11 at 10:50 p.m. to first-time mother Sofi.
The yet-to-be-named calf is very energetic and adjusting well. After delivery, the Mirage reported that the dolphin swam to the water’s surface unassisted to take her first breath.
“The new calf is a welcome addition to our family and will serve as an adorable educational ambassador,” said David Blasko, Director of Animal Care at The Mirage in a statement. “We invite guests to see the calf and discover how our conservation efforts today will help preserve these beautiful animals in the wild for future generations to enjoy.”
Dolphin calves are very delicate through their first year of life. Because of this, the Animal Care staff will continually monitor the baby as she tests her independence and explores her new world. There are several milestones to pass in the coming months, but the team at Siegfried & Roy’s seems confident she will do very well.
The calf and Sofi can be spotted at the Birthing and Research pool during the facility’s operational hours.
Alongside the new mother and calf are Duchess, Huf n Puf, Bella and Coco, who celebrated her first birthday July 17. The father of the calf is Kenobi, a 19-year-old that lives at the Georgia Aquarium.
Plans for naming the calf will be announced at a later date.