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Published on : 06 Aug 2019

A bottlenose dolphin mother off the coast of French Polynesia was spotted caring for a melon-headed whale.
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In 2014, researchers off French Polynesia spotted a bottlenose dolphin mother caring for an unusual-looking calf. That calf was a melon-headed whale, a different genus and species than the mother. Adoption is uncommon among wild mammals, with most occurring between related members of the same species. The whale orphan entered the dolphin group and stayed with the mother longer than even her biological offspring, who vanished mysteriously. She was even seen nursing it at times. Female bottlenose dolphins have been known to “steal” babies of other species for brief periods of times during times of conflict. In this case, the mother made an enormous time commitment to the orphan. During its three years living with this pod of 30 dolphins, the orphan learned several bottlenose behaviors, such as surfing.

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Kids
Kids 4 months ago

Interesting. Any idea what contributes to such behaviour?

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Morphle ABC
Morphle ABC 4 months ago

NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY NO SPECIES WILL ADOPT KLAMIDIA HARRISBONG & BATH HOUSE BOOGER!!! BWAHAHAAHAAAHAAAA!!!

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CKN Toys Kids
CKN Toys Kids 4 months ago

*When a Dolphin is more human than humans....*

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Art for Kids
Art for Kids 4 months ago

Tarzan of the seas.

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Sen Kids
Sen Kids 4 months ago

The adopted calf is still part of the dolphin specie so can’t argue

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Kids Game Show
Kids Game Show 4 months ago

How cute!!!!

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Kids Diana Show
Kids Diana Show 4 months ago

Dolphins are the Michelle obama of the animal kingdom

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Toys And Little
Toys And Little 4 months ago

I wonder how if they adopt orca calf?

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Kids Toys Review
Kids Toys Review 4 months ago

Well how Cool is that?!?;)

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Debbie Doo Kids TV
Debbie Doo Kids TV 4 months ago

Yet humans have a problem with those who adopt children from different ethnicities

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4 months ago

Amazing . I wish I lived near the ocean

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4 months ago

All I can say is thank you Nat Geo!

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Super Simple
Super Simple 4 months ago

YOINKED a baby and kept it

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OZ Kids
OZ Kids 4 months ago

this is really sweet but we're destroying their natural habitat because of our plastics and the like :(

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Kids Toys Review
Kids Toys Review 4 months ago

Animals are just the best.

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Kids Show
Kids Show 4 months ago

The orphan whale is so lucky to find this dedicated loving dolphin mom…

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Kids Toys Review
Kids Toys Review 4 months ago

Animals have souls are very smart and loving

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ShauntheSheep
ShauntheSheep 4 months ago

they are good mammal.

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ToyPudding TV
ToyPudding TV 4 months ago

Humans can learn SO much from Mother Nature. This 'different' baby was openly welcomed into this group of Dolphins. If this doesn't teach us ALL something idk what will.

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4 months ago

Funny quirk of evolution...

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