April 14, 2007 in Nation/World

Two Katrina dolphins give birth

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A mother dolphin swims with her newborn at the Atlantis Resort Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, on Friday. Two dolphins rescued during Hurricane Katrina have given birth at the Bahamian resort.
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NASSAU, Bahamas – Two dolphins rescued during Hurricane Katrina have given birth at their home in a Bahamian resort, an official said Friday.

The dolphins were doing well after giving birth April 4 and April 6, said Teri Corbett, vice president of marine mammal operations at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort. The park delayed announcing the births until officials were certain the calves were healthy.

“They are plumping up really nicely and both mothers and calves seem to be adjusting really well,” Corbett said.

Another of the rescued dolphins is expected to give birth this summer.

The dolphins were from a Mississippi marine park that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Some of them had been swept out to the Gulf of Mexico following the storm.

After being rescued, the dolphins were moved to the Bahamas resort early last year. With the new calves, Atlantis has 22 dolphins in seven interconnected pools comprising an 11-acre lagoon.


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