Bottlenose Dolphin Mom Adopts Pilot Whale Calf in New Zealand

 

This isn’t the first time the species has stepped in as a surrogate mom.💖💖💖

New Zealand’s Far Out Ocean Research Collective spotted a bottlenose dolphin caring for a young pilot whale, and this isn’t the first time the species has stepped in as a surrogate mom.

They observed a female bottlenose dolphin interacting with a pilot whale calf like the newborn was her own offspring. Researchers believe that the dolphin adopted the young whale over a month ago and has been caring for the little creature.

It could be a misguided motherly instinct, or she lo.st her own calf,
Pilot whales spend seven years with their calves. There is a good chance it will eventually join another pod of pilot whales as they often cross paths.

The individual is a well-known member of the north-eastern New Zealand offshore bottlenose dolphin population and regularly associates with pilot whales and false killer whales. We are hoping to re-encounter her to monitor this interesting phenomenon…!

The animals are trying to teach us. That takes a Soul…. I believe animals have them.

Animals are so much better than humans!!♥️♥️🌹

H/t: people.com

 

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