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Georgia Aquarium says beluga whale is pregnant
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ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the Georgia Aquarium say a 20-year-old beluga whale, Maris, is expecting a calf in the spring.

Dr. Greg Bossart, the aquarium's chief veterinary officer, says Maris is healthy and the calf appears to be developing normally.

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Maris gave birth to her first calf in May 2012, but that calf had multiple medical problems and died less than a week after her birth. The aquarium says first-time pregnancies in belugas and other marine mammals are often unsuccessful, both in captivity and in the wild.

Bossart says chances for a successful beluga birth increase with every pregnancy and that the aquarium is "guardedly optimistic" about the current pregnancy.

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The aquarium also says Beethoven, a 22-year-old male beluga, has been moved to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

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