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Chance for dolphin recovery

The Dolphin being treated

KOTA KINABALU: The dolphin which was found injured and in weak condition at Teluk Likas Beach, yesterday by the public, is now showing a positive recovery.

Sabah Wildlife Department (JHLS) Director, William Baya, said the animal is now under the care of UMS Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI).

“The dolphin, which is from Risso Dolphin species, is now at BMRI rehabilitation centre. Our examination has found that the fish was trapped in a shallow area due to chronic bacteria, virus, and parasite infection, making it weak,” he said.

William said, the dolphin is still affected by its injuries, and sometimes shows sign of fatigue, though its condition is now stable.

Yesterday, SayangSabah reported the discovery of a three-metre long dolphin at Teluk Likas Beach, founded by the public who were at the area.

JHLS Veterinarian team and BMRI experts immediately launch an operation to rescue and treat the ailing dolphin after receiving information.

Meanwhile, BMRI Lecturer, Dr. John Madin, said the sea mammal needs intensive care due to its weak condition.

“We do not want to strain the fish by letting too many people coming to visit it in one time, especially when it is still weak. But today, we are able to feed it with octopus meat,” he told SayangSabah.

While the chance for recovery is small,  Dr. John Madin is optimist that there is still hope for the dolphin to survive with all the efforts being done to save it. – SayangSabah



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