The new baby seal pup born on New Year's Day at Brookfield Zoo and his mother, Lily. / photo from the Chicago Zoological Society
Updated: January 3, 2014 1:15PM
BROOKFIELD — A grey seal was born at Brookfield Zoo on New Year’s Day, the first birth at a Chicago-area zoo in 2014.
The seal pup, a male, weighed just over 25 pounds when it was born Wednesday morning, according to the Chicago Zoological Society. He is expected to gain several pounds a day and will triple or quadruple his weight by next month.
The pup is the first-ever of its species born at the west suburban zoo and joins five other grey seals there, according to a statement from the Zoological Society. Brookfield Zoo now has the most grey seals of any North American institution, it said.
The new mother, 10-year-old Lily, and her pup will remain off-exhibit for several weeks to allow them time to bond, it said.