Rescued rare dolphin dies despite 10 days of treatment in Xiamen

Updated: 06 Jun 2013
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Despite 10 days of the best possible treatment, the efforts of experts have failed to save the life of a Chinese white dolphin, an endangered species, which was beached and injured in Xiamen.

The 1.85-meter long female Chinese white dolphin was found entangled in fishing net on Xiaodeng Island on 25th May. After being rescued by a villager, the dolphin was sent to a local fishing company.

On 27th May, marine experts from Nanjing, Nanning and the municipal Bureau of Marine Fisheries came to see the national protected animal and helped with the treatment.

After 10 days of treatment, the mammal was still very feeble and had a weak heartbeat, and finally died on Tuesday morning.

Experts dissected the dolphin in the hopes of finding the cause of its death. According to reports, the animal was found to have severe lung injuries. In addition to this, it also suffered from chronic digestive problems, which is believed to have been the main cause of its death.

The body of the dolphin has now been sent to a research base near Zeng Cuo An, and is expected to preserve it as a specimen to arouse people’s ecological awareness.
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