Sick dolphin gets better with tube milk and helping hands

A dolphin calf found drowned in a tidal pool in Thailand is on the road to recovery after being lovingly cared for.

he Irrawaddy calf – sick and too weak to swim – was discovered by fishermen who alerted marine experts and taken to a specialist center in Rayong.

The dolphin, nicknamed Paradon, which roughly translates to ‘brotherly burden’, was placed in a seawater tank, treated for pneumonia and monitored 24 hours a day by volunteers.

He had to be held up in his tank and fed milk through a hose.

Veterinarian Thanaphan Chomchuen said: “We said among ourselves that the chance of him surviving was pretty slim given his condition.

“Usually, dolphins stranded on shore are in such a terrible state.

“The chances of these dolphins surviving are usually very, very slim. But we gave him our best that day.”

A month after his rescue, Paradon’s condition is improving.

He is said to be between four and six months old, can swim again and shows no signs of infection.

although he is still weak and not drinking enough milk despite being fed every 20 minutes.

Thippunyar Thipjuntar, a 32-year-old financial adviser, is one of those who volunteer to babysit Paradon.
She said with his round baby face and curved mouth looking like a smile, she couldn’t help but bond with him.

“He doesn’t eat enough, he just wants to play. I’m worried he’s not getting enough food,” she told the Associated Press while feeding the sleepy Paradon cradled in her arms.

“If you invest your time, your physical exertion, your mental alertness and your money to come here to volunteer, you naturally want him to grow strong and survive.”

Sumana Kajonwattanakul, director of the marine research center, said Paradon will need long-term care, perhaps as long as a year, until he is weaned and able to forage for his own food.
“If we just release him when he’s better, the problem is that he won’t be able to have milk. We have to take care of him until he has his teeth, then we have to teach him to eat and be fish.” Part of a capsule. It will take time,” Ms Sumana said.

Listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Irrawaddy dolphins are found in the shallow coastal waters of South and Southeast Asia and three rivers in Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia.

Their survival is threatened by habitat loss, pollution and illegal fishing.

Marine Research Center officials believe about 400 Irrawaddy dolphins remain along the country’s east coast bordering Cambodia.

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