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Rescued Baby Dolphin Being Nursed To Health

URUGUAY – After being washed ashore, evidently injured by a fishing net, a baby dolphin approximately 10 days old is nursed back to health. The young La Plata river dolphin was discovered by walkers on a beach near the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo; there was no sign of a mother nearby. See the magnificent photos of the tiny dolphin now named Nipper – and the concerned penguin who oversaw his care.
(The erect-crested penguin is an oil spill rescue who’s also recuperating at the reserve.) Find a brief article below about the program aimed at saving orphaned dolphins like this little one pictured. – Global Animal

Curious: An erect-crested penguin watches as marine expert Richard Tesore holds a baby river dolphin

An erect-crested penguin watches as Richard Tesore, head of the NGO Rescate Fauna Marina, holds a baby La Plata river dolphin in Piriapolis, 100 km (62 miles) east of Montevideo, November 5, 2010. The dolphin, which was found on the beach in the city four days ago, is recovering at the reserve from injuries Photograph by: Andres Stapff, Reuters

What a cutie! Richard Tesore, Director of the marine fauna reserve 'SOS Fauna Marina' holds a rescued baby dolphin in a pool in Punta Colarada

Richard Tesore, head of the NGO Rescate Fauna Marina, holds a baby La Plata river dolphin in Piriapolis, 100 km (62 miles) east of Montevideo, November 5, 2010. The dolphin, which was found on the beach in the city four days ago, is recovering at the reserve. Photograph by: Andres Stapff, Reuters

The dolphin, which was found on the beach in the city four days ago, is recovering at the reserve from injuries believed to have been caused by a fishing net  

Richard Tesore, head of the NGO Rescate Fauna Marina, feeds a baby La Plata river dolphin in Piriapolis, 100 km (62 miles) east of Montevideo.

 

 

An erect-crested penguin watches as Richard Tesore, head of the NGO Rescate Fauna Marina, holds a baby La Plata river dolphin in Piriapolis, 100 km (62 miles) east of Montevideo, November 5, 2010. The dolphin, which was found on the beach in the city four days ago, is recovering at the reserve from injuries. Photograph by: Andres Stapff, Reuters

Richard Tesore, Director of the marine fauna reserve “SOS Fauna Marina” holds a baby doplhin in a pool in Punta Colorada, department of Maldonado, 100 km east of Montevideo, Uruguay, on November 5, 2010. The little dolphin, about 10 days old, was found by tourists, apparently showing marks of a fishing net. Photograph by: (MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Photos+Adorable+baby+dolphin+nursed+back+health/3785424/story.html

 

NEW ZEALAND HERALD, ANNE BESTON

The SOS marine animal rescue centre in Piriapolis, on the coast of Uruguay  is trying to save baby Franciscan dolphins orphaned by the nets – but it is a losing battle. At least 1500 adult dolphins are caught in gill nets each year along the 4000km of coastline that links Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. But scientists say the toll could be much higher.

Dr Ricardo Bastida, a marine mammal scientist at Argentina’s University of Mar del Plata, says research on the Franciscan dolphin, also known as the La Plata River dolphin, is almost non-existent and the total population unknown.

It is on the international Red List of threatened species as being of concern due to gill nets, over-fishing and pollution.Scientists from Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina are cooperating to try to find ways to save the dolphins along their coasts. One of the biggest problems is that dolphins are competing with humans for food.

“The fishers are poor people, so it’s very difficult. It’s not just a commercial fishery but also a traditional fishery and the fishermen have to feed their families or they die,” Dr Bastida says. Fishers are being encouraged to attach pingers to their nets, but many are reluctant. Although the sound keeps dolphins away, it attracts sea lions, which eat the fish and destroy the nets.

“Dozens of baby dolphins are caught, but it is almost impossible to rehabilitate them because they are usually in very poor health,” Dr Bastida says.

The SOS marine animal rescue centre was established in 1993 and is one of the first of its kind in South America.

Hand-rearing baby dolphins is one of the few ways conservationists can fight the toll from gill-net fishing. The Franciscan dolphin belongs to a family which includes freshwater species found in the Amazon River and in river deltas in India and China.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=164936

Nov. 8, 2010: JUST IN! Catch the first video: Baby Dolphin Gets Swim Lesson

Nov. 10,2010: UPDATE: The Baby Dolphin’s Recovery  & The Boys Who Saved Him

Nov. 12,2010: UPDATE: Rescued Baby Dolphin Battling Hyperthermia

 

Nov. 13, 2010: Sad News: Nipper The Baby Dolphin Dies

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See the video and awe-inspiring story of another favorite dolphin: 

The (Love) Story Behind Ben The Dog Swimming With Duggie The Dolphin


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23 Responses to Rescued Baby Dolphin Being Nursed To Health

  1. Richard Harrold Graham October 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    News I can use!

  2. Eyfas Mwangi September 14, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    That is a blessing you wanna get if you save one

  3. Jennifer Szuter February 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Precious! Thank God for the compassion bestowed upon so many humans for animals.

  4. Kubratu Baturay Love Yhuu January 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    U can't be takling that why u don't have hair

  5. Jasmine Streater January 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    so cute

  6. Loise Davies January 26, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    And u sooo ugly

  7. Noelia Morales Creager January 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Que divino!!!!

  8. Kubratu Baturay Love Yhuu January 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    sooooooooooooooooooooooo cuteeeeeeeeeeee

  9. Laura Maldonado November 29, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Só cute

  10. Cristina Edwards November 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    How can I become a Dolphin rescuer?