SeaWorld Orlando’s new redheaded walrus calf has been named Ginger.

An online poll helped name the first walrus born at SeaWorld Orlando. Fans chose Ginger over two other options, Gabi and Umma.

The baby was born June 3  and is the fifth walrus at the Orlando theme park. Her mother, Kaboodle, father, Garfield, along with Bruiser and Slowpoke perform in the Clyde and Seamore Show.

Initially, the calf was not gaining weight so SeaWorld vets began bottle feeding her on a formula designed to mimic walrus milk. She started gaining two pounds a day and now weighs in at 180 pounds.

Ginger is still being cared for backstage but SeaWorld is posting weekly updates on social media. A monitor has been set up at the walrus nursery, where visitors to SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic can watch Ginger’s growth. The calf can also be seen through glass windows during the the Beluga and Walrus Up-Close Tour, which costs $59 in addition to park admission.


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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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