One of the Vancouver Aquarium’s resident belugas, Qila, gave birth to a healthy calf back in June. Now four months old, the calf is beginning to play with her trainers and especially enjoys tongue rubs, which the aquarium staff say is kind of like a massage… for your tongue…
From the video info section: “Look closely for her frilly tongue. It helps forms a tight seal while she’s nursing. Beluga calves don’t suckle; instead, the mother squirts milk into her calf’s mouth.
The calf will have a name by the end of October. Her name will be chosen from entries to the Aquarium’s Name the Baby Beluga contest. ”
Thanks to Keely Prior for the tip!