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Rescued Irrawaddy dolphin calf dies despite weeks of care

TASSANEE VEJPONGSA,Associated Press

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FILE - Volunteer Tosapol Prayoonsuk feeds a baby dolphin nicknamed Paradon with milk at the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center in Rayong province in eastern Thailand, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Officials who were providing emergency care for the animal said Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, the dolphin has died despite all their efforts.
1of3FILE – Volunteer Tosapol Prayoonsuk feeds a child dolphin nicknamed Paradon with milk at the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center in Rayong province in eastern Thailand, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Officials who have been providing emergency look after the pet said Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, the dolphin has died despite almost all their efforts.Sakchai Lalit/AP

BANGKOK (AP) An Irrawaddy dolphin calf who was simply rescued and nursed night and day for weeks by veterinarians and volunteers after his rescue from the tidal pool on Thailands shore has died despite almost all their efforts, officials who have been providing emergency look after the pet said Wednesday.

The infant was nicknamed Paradon, roughly translated as brotherly burden, when he was found by fishermen on July 22, and a large number of veterinarians and volunteers helped look after him at Thailands Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center in Rayong in the Gulf of Thailand.

We were quite shocked since it happened so fast. Paradon had made much improvement since we’ve found him,” said Oranee Jongkolpath, a veterinarian at the guts.

“He began to get sick again on Aug. 31, having difficulty breathing and experiencing diarrhea. He deteriorated so quickly, and he died that night.

Oranee, as well as her colleagues and volunteers, have been providing 24-hour watch on the injured calf.

The team caring for Paradon said a short examination found infection in his lungs, but is looking forward to full laboratory leads to determine the precise reason behind death.

While we cant save Paradons life, we’ve learned a whole lot from it. Few people have looked after Irrawaddy dolphins, aside from a calf. Everything we’ve done in per month of looking after him are lessons learned for all of us, from its behavior, its diet, and also its sickness, Oranee said.

Irrawaddy dolphins, considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, are located in the shallow coastal waters of South and Southeast Asia and in three rivers in Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia. Their survival is threatened by habitat loss, pollution and fishing, when dolphins are caught unintentionally with other species.

Officials from the marine research center believe around 400 Irrawaddy dolphins remain across the countrys eastern coast bordering Cambodia.

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