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Rare footage captures the moment a whale gave birth to her first offspring

Rare footage has captured the moment a whale gave birth to her first offspring.

The mother gave birth to the baby calf at Changsha Underwater World in central China after five hours of labour and a 15-month pregnancy.

It is believed to be the first time a white whale has given birth at an aquarium in China.

The eight-year-old mother will not perform in the next two years so that she can take care of her baby, aquarium staff said.

The white wale during the birth. Credit: Reuters
The baby calf was born after its mother's 15-month pregnancy. Credit: Reuters
It is believed to be the first time a white whale has given birth at an aquarium in China. Credit: Reuters
The white whale swims with her calf after its birth. Credit: Reuters