‘We’re expecting!’: Georgia Aquarium announces baby beluga

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ATLANTA – NOVEMBER 19: One of five Beluga Whales swim in Cold Water Quest exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium November 19, 2005 in Atlanta, Goergia. The Georgia Aquarium, the world’d largest by gallons, 8 million plus, and by the number of fish, 100,000 plus, opens to the public November 23, 2005. Funding for the Georgia Aquarium was made possible by a 200 million dollar gift from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and his wife Billi through the Marcus Foundation. (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Aquarium has announced that one of its beluga whales is a mother-to-be.

A 20-year-old beluga named Whisper is expected to give birth to a calf in April, the aquarium’s vice president of animal health confirmed in a statement Tuesday. The gender of the baby won’t be revealed until birth.

Whisper arrived in Georgia from Seaworld Orlando nearly a year ago, news outlets reported. The aquarium is home to four other belugas, which are native to Arctic waters. Qinu, another of the aquarium’s female belugas, was expecting her first calf in June 2017, however she experienced complications during labor and the baby died. Two other newborn belugas died at the aquarium between 2012 and 2015.

Still, the aquarium is “hopeful” Whisper will safely deliver a healthy baby in the spring and add to its growing community of belugas, the statement said. The aquarium’s veterinarians and animal care team is closely monitoring Whisper through her pregnancy, officials said.

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