Having a tough day? All you need are some beluga whale cuddles!
Maris, a beluga whale at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, gave birth to an adorable female calf on Mother's Day.
The calf weighed 126.5 pounds and was 59 inches long at birth, according to the aquarium. No name yet, but the aquarium said a name or even a naming contest will be announced in the coming months.
The cutest part of this story is what happened post-birth. Baby beluga swam to the surface for her first breath of fresh air, with mommy of course helping her keep near the surface.
Then came some mom and daughter cuddling. Watch below!
Maris is part of the Cold Water Quest habitat at the Georgia Aquarium, which was the world’s largest aquarium until 2012. Mother and baby are out of public view so Maris can raise her calf and "focus on each other during this critical phase" according to the museum.
For the foreseeable future, Maris and baby will stay together as the calf continues to grow and learn. When she's older and at the appropriate stage of development, the calf will be introduced to other beluga whales at the aquarium.
You can follow Maris and her baby’s updates on Georgia Aquarium’s blog.
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