7-Day-Old Baby Dolphin Rescued In Uruguay (GALLERY)

SAD UPDATE, NOVEMBER 24, 2011: The baby dolphin that was found last week (and pictured below) died early Saturday, said Richard Treasury, director of the NGO Wildlife Rescue Marina, El País. The baby failed to gain weight and succumbed to the stress of his ordeal. 

Treasury expected in the coming weeks to find more of these mammals on the Uruguayan coast. In the spring of 2010 were five who passed through his care. Three died and two returned to the sea.

To prepare for the increase in baby dolphins, the NGO conditioning facilities received a donation of a special pool. Small animals should be treated in a separate space from the noise and food brought from abroad, said Treasury.

According to the Director of Marine Life Rescue, in recent years increasing noise pollution in the sea, caused by engine boats with high-pitched sounds mislead the dolphins-and pesticide pollution is affecting marine species. This type of dolphin species belongs to the Franciscan or Silver, who lives in the Rio de la Plata and is considered vulnerable.

At Global Animal, we mourn the death of the little dolphin. We will continue our coverage of the dolphin’s habitat destruction. – Global Animal

(BABY DOLPHIN RESCUE) – A  7-day-old female La Plata river dolphin has been rescued on Uruguay’s Punta Colorada beach. The baby dolphin was so young that the umbilical cord was still attached. Director Richard Tesore of the SOS Rescate de Fauna Marina rehabilitation center confirmed the dolphin was safely transported to their marine animal rescue center in Piriapolis.

“The baby dolphin is weak, but is being cared for at SOS Rescate,” Tesore told Global Animal today. 

Last November, Tesore and the team of SOS Rescate volunteers rescued an injured 10-day-old  La Plata dolphin. “Nipper,” as the baby dolphin came to be known, died of hyperthermia a couple weeks after being rescued.

The prognosis is usually poor for infant dolphins who are separated from their mothers. The dolphins rescued are usually also sick or injured from being tangled in fishing line.

The La Plata is a river dolphin found in the coastal Atlantic waters of South America and is able to live in both the ocean and saltwater estuaries. It is listed as “vulnerable” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Large populations of the species are under threat from incidental capture from fishing gear, in particular, gillnets. It is estimated that 2000-4000 La Plata dolphins die each year from overfishing, damming, and sub-aquatic sonar pollution. 

Global Animal is in contact with Richard Tesore at SOS Rescate de Fauna Marina and will provide updates on the tiny river dolphin’s health as well as exclusive footage and news as it becomes available. — Global Animal

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SOS Rescate’s Richard Tesore feeding the baby La Plata river dolphin in Uruguay. Photo Credit: Reuters

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A rescued 7-day-old baby river dolphin is held by SOS Rescate de Fauna Marina director, Richard Tesore. Photo Credit: Reuters

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Tesore bonding with rescue baby dolphin. Photo Credit: Reuters

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Tesore holds the baby dolphin. Photo Credit: Reuters

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Tesore with the baby dolphin who was rescued in Uraguay. Photo Credit: Reuters

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Tesore and the baby dolphin swimming. Photo Credit: Reuters


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Baby dolphin swims in pool. Photo Credit: Reuters

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SOS Rescate de Fauna Marina Director Richard Tesore in the waves with the 7-day-old rescued baby dolphin. Photo Credit: Reuters

Photos Courtesy of Reuters

October 19, 2011 UPDATE: More On The 7-Day-Old Baby Dolphin Rescued In Uruguay 

Other baby dolphin rescues: (VIDEO) Rescued Baby Dolphin Gets Swimming Lesson


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23 Responses to 7-Day-Old Baby Dolphin Rescued In Uruguay (GALLERY)

  1. Laura Painter June 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    So sad. Thank you for doing what you do. Please don't let PEOPLE break your heart.

  2. Katrina Mora April 28, 2013 at 3:45 am #

    I can not believe the negative bullshit from some people. Hats off to Richard and to all you others if you think you could do a better job by all means go a volunteer your services or at least make a heafty donation.

  3. Rose Witchami February 27, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    I know… but as a long time wildlife rehabilitator I know rehab is hard thankless work. You give everything, work with nothing. Generally out of your own pocket. Or on the few and far between donations you might get. Giving everything you have to give. Pour your heart and soul into it. Hoping against hope that maybe just maybe against all the odds this baby can make it… And some do but often just as many fail to thrive for one reason or another. Perhaps its the trauma they have endured or lack of sustenance or loss of the mothers love and care.. But so often they are on deaths door before they make it to the loving hands of a rehabber. And try as you might. Not all the love and care or majic in the world is enough to mend an organ or heal a deep rooted infection and you can't replace Momma. But still you try with everything in you untill there is nothing left and the baby passes on. Because you can't give up. You greive for the loss of the little one knowing you did everything you could with what you had your only consolation. Often only to be badgered a week or a month later by the person who dropped it off on your door. Without so much as a bottle of formula or blanket to help out or even thank you. Knowing your a volunteer doing the work out of love alone. No they are just thankful to be rid of the little burden so they don't have to feel bad. No sleepless nights for them. But they will denegrate your efforts and the quality of care you gave with what you had. So many times I heard.. "well that's your job." "Or that's what you get paid for" or even worse "I should have you fired." The lack of understanding of what being a rehabilitator is and what it takes to do what they do is deplorable and disheartening. And if no one speaks. No one will ever understand. :,-( I had to speak. For my heart goes out to them. I've been there with many creatures in my time. And the comments people left there break my heart and make me sad. And folks wonder why I prefere the company of the creatures???