Friday January 4, 2013
Dolphin rescued on Boxing Day dies from injuries
KOTA KINABALU: The injured dolphin that was rescued on Boxing Day has died, despite the best care from animal lovers here.
Sabah Wildlife Department senior veterinarian Dr Sen Nathan said the animal was found to have severe lung injuries.
An immediate post-mortem on the dolphin on Monday showed that the lung injuries it suffered were caused by massive infection and a very high parasitic load, he added.
The spinner dolphin or Stenella longirostris died while being treated at Universiti Malaysia Sabah's Borneo Marine Research Institute (BRMI).
BRMI director Prof Dr Saleem Mustafa said the 70kg dolphin was estimated to be about seven years old.
Wildlife experts did their best to save the creature that was found stranded in waters off the northern Kudat district.
Dr Saleem had been cautious about the dolphin's prognosis following its rescue by the Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) on Dec 26.
He had said that there was a possibility the dolphin had consumed contaminated organisms.
Wildlife experts could not tell whether the dolphin belonged to the resident population in Sabah or that it had migrated from other areas.