Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 | 11:09 a.m.
A bottlenose dolphin gave birth last month to a calf, the second dolphin birth this year at the Mirage resort's dolphin habitat, the property announced today.
The male calf, which has not yet been named, can be viewed by the public in the Birthing and Research pool at the Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Its mother is Huf n Puf, who was born at the habitat in March 2000.
Duchess, the matriarch of the dolphin family and Huf and Puf's mother, gave birth to a male, K2, July 3.
“We’re delighted to welcome a second healthy calf to our family and invite guests to view not one, but two calves as they learn about how our conservation efforts today will help preserve these beautiful animals in the wild for future generations to enjoy,” said David Blasko, director of animal care at the Mirage. “The Dolphin Habitat staff takes incredible pride in our continuing efforts to expand the bottlenose gene pool while teaching the world about these animals’ remarkable capabilities.”
"Dolphin calves remain very delicate throughout their entire first year of life and the animal care staff will continue to monitor their development as they bond with their mothers, nursing and testing their independence," the resort said in a statement today.