BROOKFIELD – A baby seal is the first birth of the year at suburban Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo.
The Chicago Zoological Society said Friday that the male grey seal pup was born 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
His mother is 10-year-old Lily and the pair will be off exhibit for several weeks.
Zoo officials said the pup is the first of its species to be born at Brookfield Zoo. He weighed 25 pounds.
Zoo staff said he will weight triple or quadruple that weight in the next month.
Brookfield Zoo now has six grey seals.