Today I want to share a sad story about a baby dolphin that was rescued last week in Uruguay!
The baby dolphin, which was named Nipper, was a 7-day-old female La Plata river dolphin, it had been rescued on Uruguay’s Punta Colorada beach. Nipper 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.
Unfortuantely Nipper has past away over the weekend due to its ordeal.
But what really happend? where was his mom? The fact is that the baby was found with her umbilical cord still intact does not bode well since mammals usually eat the umbilical cord of their newborn, suggesting that something might have happened to the mother during birth.
Well the truth is a 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.
This is really a sad story, and I am sadened to see animals suffer just because of human's greed, this must stop, must stop!