Newborn beluga whale dies at SeaWorld San Antonio

This photo taken July 4, 2012, at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, shows Dennis Christen of the Georgia Aquarium feed a bottle to a baby beluga calf being rehabilitated at the center. The whale was approximately two days old when it was found in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and separated from its mother. Staff from the Alaska SeaLife Center is receiving help with the whale's care from the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Shedd Aquarium in ChiCago and SeaWord in San Diego. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A newborn beluga whale born prematurely at SeaWorld San Antonio has died.

A SeaWorld statement says the 3-week-old calf died Sunday despite what park officials called “round the clock” care by park staff since the calf’s birth June 20 one month prematurely.

Park veterinarians grew concerned that the calf wouldn’t gain weight as rapidly as expected, so marine mammal infant formula was given seven times a day on top of nursing from the calf’s mother.

A necropsy was performed on the calf Monday to determine the cause of death. Results are expected in about eight weeks.

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