Mirage welcomes a baby dolphin

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Bella swims with the female calf she gave birth to in August at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage.
Bella swims with the female calf she gave birth to in August at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage. Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

A new generation of dolphin has arrived on the Las Vegas Strip.

The birth at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage on Aug. 16 represents the fourth generation of bottlenose dolphins at the habitat since it was created in 1990.

The female calf reached the surface for her first breath immediately after delivery. The mother, Bella, nursed the baby and helped her explore her new world.

"This newest addition reflects our ardent commitment to the educational work we do at the Dolphin Habitat to help preserve dolphins in the wild," said David Blasko, director of animal care at the Mirage. "She will serve an important role as an educational ambassador, and we welcome guests to come meet her and learn about these magnificent creatures."

Bella and the as-yet-unnamed calf are in the Birthing and Research pool and can be visited by guests when the facility is open to the public (10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily). Bella's grandmother, Duchess, and mother, Huf N Puf, reside at the facility. The father of the new calf is Razzle, a 30-year-old who lives at Sea World San Diego.

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat has earned Humane Conservation certification from the organization American Humane and is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.
Guests can get more in-depth knowledge about dolphin health and behavior through the Dolphin Trainer 101 and VIP Tour experiences.

The Sustainability Discovery Center at the Mirage provides information on plastics pollution, marine debris and how humans affect oceans and animal habitats.

For tickets as well as admission prices and group reservations, visit the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat site.

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