When fishermen found the sick Irrawaddy dolphin calf, it was unable to swim and was drowning in a tidal lagoon off the coast of Thailand.
The fishermen immediately called marine conservationists who explained to them how to care for the dolphin until a rescue team arrived.
The pup was named Parado, which means “brotherly burden,” because everyone involved understood that it would be difficult to save the dolphin’s life.
Many vets and volunteers expressed their desire to help take care of Paradon. He has been held at a facility in Rayong, Gulf of Thailand, since he was discovered by a fisherman.The dolphin was found on July 22.
“We said among ourselves that his chances of survival are quite low, judging by his condition,” said Tanaphan Chomchuen, a veterinarian at the facility.
He was placed in a saltwater pool, treated for a lung infection, and volunteers were recruited to watch over him at all times.
To prevent her from suffocating, volunteers first had to give her milk through a feeding tube.
The staff had set eight-hour shifts.
A month later, Paradon recovered. The dolphin, which was four to six months old, is now able to swim.
The dolphin, which weighed about 27 kilograms (59 pounds) and was 138 centimeters (4.5 feet) long on July 22, was still weak and not consuming enough milk, according to team members feeding her about every 20 minutes. .
A 32-year-old financial consultant named Tipunyar Tipjuntar was among the many volunteers. With Paradon’s baby-round face and curved smiley lips, Tipunya claimed she couldn’t help but get close to him and worry about his growth.
“He doesn’t eat enough, he just wants to play. I’m worried he’s not getting enough food,” she told The Associated Press on Friday as she nursed a sleepy Paradon.
“When you invest your time, physical strength, mental focus and money to volunteer, of course you want it to grow and survive.”
Until he is weaned and ready to forage for his own food, Paradon will require long-term care,
perhaps up to a year, according to Sumana Kajonwatanakul, director of the marine center.
“If we just release her when she gets better, the problem is she won’t be able to have milk.”
“We have to take care of him until he has teeth, then we have to teach him to eat fish and be a pod. This will take a lot of time,” Sumana said.
Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) jumping out of the water.
Gerry, Thailand. People who care for Paradon believe that long-term loving care is worth it.
“Secondly, I think by saving him, by giving him a chance to live, we’re also raising awareness about
the conservation of these kinds of animals, which are rare, there aren’t many left.”