Nearly Extinct Pink Dolphin Gives Birth

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An extremely rare pink dolphin, known locally as Pinky, has given birth to a pink calf. She was spotted in the Calcasieu river in Louisana swimming with her pink baby.

The unusually-coloured mammal first came to fame around 12 years ago, when she was noticed by captain Erik Rue, who saw her regularly swimming in the area

Pinky is believed to be a Pink River Dolphin, whose distinct colouring comes from a rare genetic mutation.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), list the river dolphin as endangered, with the population of the animal decreasing. The birth of Pinky’s calf, however, has given conservationists hope that calves share their mother’s genetic mutation, which would make a huge difference in efforts to increase the population of the rare species.

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