Baby whale mistakes yacht for mother

Readers of that deathless kids book Are You My Mother? will know exactly the predicament that one baby whale has got itself into in Australia this week. Australian TV is reporting that a young Humpback Whale calf has mistaken a yacht for its missing mother.

After trying to suckle on the yacht in the harbour, the whale has been led back out to sea - which will probably come as a relief to anyone trying to navigate Sydney Harbour in a small boat this week. Although the whale is only a couple of months old, he's already big enough to capsize smaller craft in an attempt to get at his mother's milk.

Still, we wish the little fellow well. It must be hard enough having a mum who doesn't really communicate with you, it's going to be much worse when she disappears off to the south of France for the summer.

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