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A pink dolphin calf belonging to a highly endangered species has been born in a Singapore marine park, the first such birth in captivity, the park's management said.


'This was the first successful and documented birth of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) at any marine park in the world,' said a statement from the Underwater World theme park on the resort island Sentosa.


The still-unnamed male calf was born grey but will gradually turn pink. It was born last November, but park officials kept the birth under wraps as the calf grew in a lagoon, where it has now become more independent.


Its father Jumbo and mother Pann were seen mating in November 2001 at the Dolphin Lagoon in Sentosa, located on the Strait of Singapore off the South China Sea.