Fish meal for saved dolphin

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 August, 2003, 12:00am

The Chinese white dolphin that was found stranded in shallow water in Sai Kung was in stable condition yesterday after getting her first meal since being rescued on Saturday.

Her keepers fed her 4kg of local fish mixed with American sardines and treated her with antifungal agents and vitamins for a skin infection.

The 2.44-metre mammal also has scars, parasites and anaemia.

A blood test and an X-ray will be carried out today to determine if the dolphin has lung problems because she was unable to keep her balance while swimming yesterday, Ocean Park spokeswoman Vivian Lee Ling-fung said.

Ultra-sound tests will also be carried out to establish whether any of her internal organs are damaged.

The Ocean Park marine rescue team transported the dolphin to the park in a specialised van with air-conditioning on Saturday after a villager saw her stranded in shallow water in Yan Chau Tong Marine Park.

She weighs 150kg and is estimated to be between 15 and 20 years old.

The park is providing the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department with updates of the dolphin's condition.

'We still don't know when we will let her go back,' Ms Lee said.

'It will depend on how many ailments she has.'

A researcher at the department said he believed the dolphin had been abandoned by its pod because it was sick.

The Chinese white dolphin, which actually is pinkish, is a protected mammal in Hong Kong waters. It was the first time one had been found beached alive in Hong Kong.


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