A Chicago-area zoo on Friday announced the arrival of their first newborn of the new year.
A grey seal pup was born to 10-year-old mother Lily at Brookfield Zoo around 7 a.m. on New Year's Day. According to the zoo, the pup is the first of its species born at the zoo.
The pup weighed 25 pounds at birth and is expected to triple or quadruple his weight over the next month, in addition to molting his long white fur he was born with.
Pup and mama (pictured below) will be off exhibit for several weeks to bond, but the zoo said updates photos and video of him will be posted regularly on a special page of its website.