7 day old baby dolphin rescued in Uruguay

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  1. Bones

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    That's a heck of a drive from Sag Harbor.
     
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    ha ha, i just thought it was a cool story, it will be a hell of a thing if they can pull it off down there.
     
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    I saw this last week. Very cool. Wish I could swim with the little thing. I hope it makes it!
     
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    Hope she makes it.

    Cute.
     
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    i was going to say the same thing
     
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    Cool story. I hope all goes well for the little one.

    I had a mother beluga and calf come up to my kayak this summer. The calf even bumped my boat and raised its head out of the water next to me. Cetaceans are amazing.
     
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    Just got home from picking up a dead Common Dolphin, we are seeing these things with increasing frequency, it's really weird.
     

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    That is so sad. I love dolphins. The Poor thing. Do you have any clue as to why there dieing like that.
     
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    That baby dolphin looks pretty cute. For some reason, I never thought about what a baby dolphin would look like. I guess I thought they looked like Al Gore or something. Strange.
     
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    it's always different things, we recently had two females that died one was old and had a pregnancy that went bad and for some reason, she didn't expel the fetus and it caused a massive infection. The other had parasitic encephalitis. A recent male had brain damage caused by parasites and the male after that one was a bit of a mystery with no apparent cause for his stranding, but he basically died from shock. We will do a necropsy on this one and see what we can find out. So even though the numbers are up, we are not seeing a common thread so far.
     
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    This particular calf is a la Plata River dolphin, they are odd looking dolphins to begin with. They generally look like a miniature of whatever species they are , they are born ready for the world , not like human babies, although they do need to nurse on mom for a while.
     
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    Hmmm that is so weird. I like biology I want to go to college for marine biology eventually. That's cool that you get to do a necropsy on him to find out what's going on. I wish more people cared about animals and the world around them. They would really appreciate the beauty of things alot more if they did. Keep me posted if you would or can about him and other dolphins. I think it's great that your watching out for them.
     
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    While we do care about them, the work we do is part of a program run by the US government through NOAA/NMFS all of the data we collect is shared with the government to assess the overall health of our coastal waters and the animals in it. We raise our own money through grants and donations. Every state that has coastal waters is supposed to have a marine mammal and sea turtle stranding program, but there's no money available for such programs, so they sub out the permits to local nonprofits, we then work closely with the feds and state and share our data with them.
     
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    Poor baby.. so cute! Do you think he'll take a bottle or maybe find a surrogate mom?
     
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    Very cute indeed!
     
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    That is awesome, if some one like me wanted to help how would we do so? Just donate to a nonprofit.
     
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    Not sure what you mean by "like me", but we have all sorts of volunteers, big ones, small ones, young ones, old ones. We even have a few that have various circumstances that limit their participation to non-rescue and animal care areas. A good place for you to get started would be here... http://www.tmmsn.org/
     
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    They are bottle feeding it, that's SOP, unlikely they could or would find a surrogate at this point.
     
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    People who love animals and want to help.
     
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