- The name Paradon, which loosely translates to “brotherly burden,” has been given to the young Irrawaddy dolphin.
- The dolphins can be found in three rivers in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Indonesia as well as the shallow coastal seas of South and Southeast Asia.
- The calf is now able to swim, but his condition is still serious and he is still feeble. There are reportedly only 400 of the animals left in the world.
Volunteers tending to an injured juvenile dolphin who was discovered drowning in a rock pool off the eastern coast of Thailand say he is improving.
The name Paradon, which loosely translates to “brotherly burden,” has been given to the young Irrawaddy dolphin.
Dark grey Irrawaddy dolphins have a distinctively short beak and protruding forehead.
The dolphins can be found in three rivers in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Indonesia as well as the shallow coastal seas of South and Southeast Asia.
They are regarded as a vulnerable species and are threatened by habitat loss, pollution, and illicit fishing.
At the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Centre in Rayong, Thailand, twelve veterinarians and volunteers are caring for Paradon around-the-clock.
A doctor who is attending to him said: “Dolphins that are found stranded on the shore are typically in such bad shape. The likelihood of these dolphins surviving is typically extremely low. But that day, we did our best for him.”
On July 23, fishermen discovered the newborn dolphin stuck on land. He couldn’t swim since he was so weak from an infection.
He received medical attention and was placed in a seawater-filled pool while volunteers alternated holding him in the water to prevent him from drowning.
A centre volunteer stated: “He doesn’t eat enough and prefers to play more than anything else. He may not be getting enough nutrition, which worries me. Naturally, you hope that he would become strong and survive when you commit your time, energy, money, and attention in coming here to volunteer.”
Although Paradon is now able to swim, his condition is still serious and he is still feeble.
Even though the team tries to feed him every 20 minutes, he isn’t getting enough milk.
With his round baby face and bent mouth, the small calf makes it difficult for volunteers to stay detached from him.
The infant will need long-term care, according to the center’s director Sumana Kajonwattanakul.
He may need to be weaned off of milk and taught to hunt for his own food for up to a year.
She uttered: “The issue is that he won’t be able to drink milk if we discharge him once he feels better. He will need our care until he develops teeth, at which point we will need to teach him how to eat fish and how to live in a pod. It will take a while to do this.”
The team is hoping that taking care of Paradon will enable them to understand more about the process of his species’ comeback.
a participant said: “We will learn so much from this if we can save him and he makes it out alive. Second, I believe that by saving him and providing him a chance to survive, we also spread knowledge about the need to conserve this animal because there aren’t many of them left and they are rare.”
There are reportedly only 400 Irrawaddy dolphins left on Thailand’s eastern coast, according to centre officials.
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