New Seal Pup at Louisville Zoo

A seal pup was born to first-time mom, Rona, at the Louisville Zoo.  Image courtesy Louisville Zoo. 

LOUISVILE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Zoo has a new baby!

Rona, a 6-year-old gray seal, gave birth at 7:25 a.m. Monday to a new pup. The zoo said in a news release said momma and baby are doing great, and the pup has had an active first day, looking healthy.

"The Zoo has a successful history of gray seal births in the late 70s and 80s. We are excited to be able to continue that tradition with Rona's first pup," Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak said in the release. "Births are always uplifting for the staff, and we look forward to celebrating this pup's birth with our community."

Watch the actual birth of our new seal pup by mother Rona.

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The Zoo will be announcing details for a naming contest sponsored by T-Mobile at a later date.

"The birth went very smoothly, with no complications," Associate Veterinarian Dr. Julie Ter Beest said in the release. "We're delighted to see that Rona's maternal instincts appear to be strong. The pup is vocalizing normally, has nursed, and appears healthy."

This is the eighth seal pup born at the Louisville Zoo.

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