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Stranded dolphin safely rescued

KARACHI: The wildlife department and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P)A recently conducted a joint operation in Khairpur Feeder East Canal and rescued five-foot-long dolphin.

According to WWF-P statement issued here, a male dolphin weighing about 30kg entered Faiz Behar, a tributary of Khairpur Feeder East Canal, about 85km from Sukkur, on Nov 14 and was being monitored by the staff since then.

“It was reported by the community residing near the tributary. As water level started going down yesterday, the dolphin got confused and we immediately planned for its rescue,” said WWF-P official Mohammad Imran Malik.

It’s the 8th incident of dolphin’s trapping this year, he added.

“Either it’s the heavy flow of water following canal gates’ opening or search for prey that brings the mammals into the tributaries where they get trapped as their water level starts going down,” he explained, pointing out that earlier such incidents mostly occurred in January but now happening the whole year.



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