INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – The Indianapolis Zoo has asked for help in naming their one-month dolphin calf.
On August 27, the zoo’s 18-year- old dolphin, Kalei gave birth to her second calf.
The mother/baby bond is growing strong as they are spending a lot of time rubbing their pectoral fins together, which is a sign of affection between dolphins.
The calf is also improving his maneuvering skills and starting to independently swim short distances away from mom.
The energetic newborn is nursing well and continues to grow.
He currently weighs 66 pounds, which is nearly double what he weighed at birth.
Now it’s time to name the baby and the Indianapolis Zoo is inviting the public to participate in a Facebook poll to help choose a name for its newest addition,
Zookeepers have preselected three names and the option that receives the most votes will become the calf’s name.
The choices, along with their meaning, are:
- August, for the month of the baby’s birth
- Leo, which symbolizes grandeur and courage
- Maui, a demigod from Polynesian mythology
Click here to vote.
(This story was originally published on October 2, 2019)