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Aurora, a 20-year-old Beluga whale, swims with her calf after giving birth at 3:39 p.m. local time at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday June 7, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck)

CT - Second beluga whale at Connecticut aquarium ‘extremely ill’ after transfer from Canada

The second of five beluga whales imported from Canada by an aquarium in Connecticut has gotten “extremely ill,” Mystic Aquarium has confirmed.

The second of five beluga whales imported from Canada by an aquarium in Connecticut has gotten “extremely ill,” Mystic Aquarium has confirmed.

The news comes just weeks after a male beluga, which also arrived in May from Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario, died despite “round-the-clock medical treatment, testing, and 24-hour monitoring,” the aquarium said in a statement at the time.

According to Tuesday’s Facebook post, the female beluga “has been receiving constant, individualized attention and medical support from our best experts on a 24/7 basis since joining our habitat.”

Its veterinarians are “dedicating the entirety of their time and energy to return this beluga to full health,” a situation described by the aquarium as “an extremely difficult few weeks for our animal care staff.”

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