San Antonio residents have a BIG birthday to celebrate

December 21, 2013 by  

San Antonians welcomed a new addition to the family on December 6, 2013, when a baby whale was born at SeaWorld; a present for the city just in time for the holidays.

According to Brian Carter, a spokesman for SeaWorld, employees shouted with excitement as the calf made its appearance soon after midnight. He said it sounded as if someone had scored a touchdown.

The calf, a female, was approximately seven feet long at birth, and less than half her mother, Takara’s, size. Takara weighs in at 5,000 pounds and is 16 feet long. The baby swam immediately to the surface to take a breath, then rejoined her mother for a cuddle.

The calf met its audience on Saturday, December 7, at 4:00 pm in the main pool of the Shamu Theater. Trainers spoke about killer whales’ pregnancies and the birth process of these animals.

Training will begin for the baby in approximately a year, but Carter said she will probably begin learning her mother’s habits almost immediately. The other whales at the park are aware of the newborn, he said, even though she has not met them. Carter said that introducing a new whale to the existing group is like bringing a new pet homeā€”if it’s to be successful, it has to be done under controlled conditions.

SeaWorld officials could work with a postcard printing company to have birthday announcements made up and sent out to city residents, inviting them to come and meet the baby.