Bottle-nose Dolphin Adopts Hourglass Dolphin Calf

Kiwi and Pee-WeeResearchers in New Zealand discovered that Kiwi, a wild bottle-nose dolphin, adopted an hourglass dolphin calf that was named Pee-Wee.  Kiwi even nursed Pee-Wee!  

The most likely reason for this to happen was because Kiwi’s first calf apparently died after Kiwi was stranded temporarily on a beach.  Kiwi probably instinctively began to care for the orphaned hourglass dolphin.  Or, maybe she knew Pee-Wee was suffering.  Whatever the reason, Kiwi now has a calf and Pee-Wee has a mom.

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