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Days-old beluga whale calf rescued in Alaska

June 22, 2012 |  1:44 pm

A baby beluga whale was rescued in Alaska after being separated from his mother

SEWARD, Alaska -- A beluga whale calf, believed to have been separated from his mother during a storm, has been rescued from Alaska's Bristol Bay.

The calf, estimated at 2 to 3 days old when it was found Monday, was taken in by the Alaska SeaLife Center, after attempts by others to encourage the calf to the open ocean failed.

This is the first beluga the center has housed.

President and CEO Tara Riemer Jones said the biggest challenge has been providing 24-hour care. She said staff from U.S. aquariums with experience with belugas have come or are coming to help.

Jones said a federal agency will ultimately decide placement of the animal, as he won't be released into the wild. Calves in the wild nurse for about two years.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: A rescued beluga whale calf swims at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Credit: Associated Press

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