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Ga. Aquarium pregnant beluga whale reaches third trimester
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Ga. Aquarium pregnant beluga whale reaches third trimester

ATLANTA -- The pregnant beluga whale at Georgia Aquarium is expected to give birth very soon.

Maris has reached her third trimester and is due this spring, according to the aquarium. The 20-year-old beluga is healthy and in good condition, and her calf is progressing well.

This is the second pregnancy for Maris. Many first-time beluga pregnancies are often successful, and Maris is no exception; her first calf died in May 2012, just a few days after being born. Aquarium officials said the chances for a successful birth increase with each pregnancy.

"We are guardedly optimistic that the calf will be born healthy," Georgia Aquarium Director of Animal Health Dr. Tonya Clauss said in a statement. "If the birth is successful, there will be other early milestones to achieve, including bonding with Maris and successful nursing."

Maris will be on 24-hour observation until she goes into labor.

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