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PostFri Mar 10, 2023 9:09 am 
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/mar/10/killer-whale-orca-adopts-abducts-pilot-whale-calf-aoe ‘Extraordinary’ sighting of orca with baby pilot whale astounds scientists The unusual spectacle of an adult female killer whale spotted with the adopted – or abducted – calf of another species is causing experts to reassess orca behaviour

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PostSun Mar 12, 2023 1:56 pm 
Probably resulting from an unfortunate circumstance but at least the little bugger has been taken in.

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PostMon Mar 13, 2023 11:43 pm 
But most likely died… frown.gif

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PostTue Mar 14, 2023 10:54 am 
FWIW, there is extensive background in the Canadian scientific report that the Guardian article links to, title of which is: First account of apparent alloparental care of a long-finned pilot whale calf (Globicephala melas) by a female killer whale (Orcinus orca) https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/full/10.1139/cjz-2022-0161?af=R

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