A newborn spotted eagle ray has died at the Virginia Aquarium

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Courtesy – The Virginia Aquarium

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Aquarium announced on Friday that a newborn spotted eagle ray pup has died.

Highly trained aquarium staff tried their best to save the animal with emergency medical intervention, the aquarium said in a news release.

Spotted eagle rays are rare, one is born in only ten Association of Zoos & Aquariums facilities worldwide.

A veterinarian for the Virginia Aquarium released the following statement:

“This week we had been providing the spotted eagle ray pup with some nutritional support, which is not uncommon if a pup does not eat vigorously on its own initially. We were pleased with its progress but unfortunately, its condition declined rapidly on Wednesday, The initial necropsy did not demonstrate a definitive cause. We did collect several diagnostic samples, so we are hopeful that those may provide additional information.”

Dr. Allyson McNaughton, veterinarian for the Virginia Aquarium

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