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Right Whale 'Adopts' Orphaned Calf

By December 20, 2012

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Here's a heartwarming story for the holidays.  A southern right whale, who already has a calf of her own, has apparently 'adopted' an orphaned calf.  The trio were witnessed separately and then together by a tour company called African Wings, that does flights to observe whales off South Africa.

The orphaned calf apparently tried to nurse from the adult right whale, who attempted to push it away. But the youngster's persistence apparently paid off, as the orphaned whale and the right whale's own calf were later seen nursing together.

Southern right whales are the least endangered of the 3 right whale species. They are found in the southern hemisphere, where feeding grounds include areas off Antarctica and South Georgia, and breeding grounds occur off South Africa, Argentina, Australia, and parts of New Zealand.  Adults can grow to 45-55 feet in length and weights of about 60 tons.

You can read the full story on GrindTV.com here.


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