Indianapolis Zoo welcomes Calypso, latest addition to dolphin pod


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INDIANAPOLIS (June 8, 2015) – The Indianapolis Zoo wants to introduce you to its newest resident.

Calypso, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, was born on April 24, when she weighed 39 pounds. She now weighs more than 70 pounds, according to the zoo. She was born to mother Kalei and father Kimo and is also the granddaughter of Nova, the matriarch of the dolphin pod.

Zoo staff kept a close eye on Kalei and Calypso, watching them 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the first 30 days and conducting medical checks daily.

Don’t expect to see them via the underwater viewing dome at the Dolphin Pavilion just yet, though. The zoo said it’ll be a few months before they’ll be ready for that.

In the meantime, you’ll have to be content with photos of mother and baby:

Additional info from the zoo:

  • Calf: Calypso (born April 24, 2015)
  • Mother: Kalei (born May 16, 2000)
  • Grandmother: Nova (matriarch of the dolphin pod/born 1983)
  • How often calf nurses — typically, 71 seconds per hour during the first few days and then nursing time decreases to 14 seconds per hour as the calf becomes more efficient.
  • How often calf breathes — Calf typically takes nine to 15 breaths in a five-minute period.

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