It’s someone’s big day at the Shedd…

An 8-week-old beluga calf can been seen at the Shedd Aquarium for the first time today.

The baby doesn’t have a name yet, but she’s getting the best of care from her mother Mauyak, who has upped her food intake from 32 pounds of fish a day to 88 pounds, all to make enough milk for the little calf.

Of course, “little” is a relative term. The calf is five feet long and 200 pounds, and is growing so fast that her skin is peeling in patches. And the calf is already very social, swimming up to trainers with Mauyak for tongue tickles (something belugas really enjoy).

Hours for visiting Mauyak and her calf start at 11 a.m.


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