Piky The Penguin Still Stands Vigil Over Nipper’s pool following the baby dolphin’s death, capturing the feelings of everyone at SOS Fauna Marina.  

Dear Richard Tesore and SOS Rescate Fauna Marina team:

Please accept our sympathies over the loss of Nipper and our thanks for your tireless work to try and save the ailing little dolphin. It is simply so sad. If he only knew how he opened hearts around the world, as though he was a tiny ambassador for all dolphins who succumb to the perils of fishing. May we all work together to find a solution for deadly fishing nets so all the dolphins (Nippers) in the sea can thrive in the wild as they are meant to. Our thanks and sympathies once again to Richard Tesore and the team of volunteers at SOS Rescate Fauna Marina. And to Piky the penguin, too, who was an amazing cross-species friend/mom by showing Nipper that although he wasn’t in the waters with other mammals, he was never alone. – Global Animal

Nov. 13, 2010: Nipper, the baby dolphin rescued 12 days ago, died at dawn this morning of complications from hypothermia and respiratory failure, according to Richard Tesore, who had been caring for the infant river dolphin at the SOS Rescate Fauna Marina in Uruguay. The baby dolphin had captured the hearts of people around the world and Mr. Tesore expressed his thanks to all the volunteers and veterinarians who helped.

Despite his frustration and sadness over Nipper’s death, Richard vowed to keep working, as  2000-4000 Plata River dolphins die each year from being entangled in fishing nets. According to Mr. Tesore, it is a species of which little is known and much work remains to be done.

Piky the penguin, another rescue at SOS Rescate, who stood watch over Nipper the entire time, seemed particularly bereft.

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  1. I read today about little Nipper…he was truly an angel sent here on earth to help us all realize just how fragile the world is. My hugs to Mr. Tesore because I’m sure that this will truly leave a hole in his heart but he must know that he and his team gave Nipper a happy life no matter how short it may have been. He will always be our hearts as a brave little Hero!

  2. I am devastated beyond words.
    Really,really hoped he would make it against all odds,but I guess it was too late to save him.
    Thank you to those who put in so much
    time and effort to keep baby nipper alive.
    &a grateful hug to the young men who rescued him:Gonzalo Santos, Felipe and Joaquín.

    Our hearts and prayers are with all of you in Uruguay<3

    It must be a heartbreaking loss for the team
    at the marina;please know you–and that sweet
    baby dolphin–are in our

  3. I am devastated at this terrible news this morning. LIttle Nipper truly was an Emissary in the human-cetacean link that we are beginning to remember. How sad to lose him – and to see the little Penguin, who guarded over him like a mother, wondering where he’s gone. A sad, sad day for us all.