LARKANA, Pakistan, Nov. 8 (Reuters) – An endangered gray dolphin moves weakly met his fins while he lies in An truck quick to a shrine in Pakistan as rescuers sprinkle water on the animal to keep its skin moist and save from dying.
Blind, with a snout equipped with two rows of sharp teeth, the Indus river dolphin strayed from its freshwater home in An busy waterway, and had to be lifted out by rescue personnel in the southeastern province of Sindh after they caught it in nets.
Now they have to in keep life like them race to the sanctuary 82 km (51 miles) away where they can free it.
“We should try to get it to the river if… soon if possiblesaid Mir Akhtar Hussain Talpur, and official of the provincial nature department, die 10 . has saved of the animals this year, eight of them in just the last month.
“If we bring a rescued dolphin to the river, we have to be very careful,” he said.
It was a delicate task to keep the skin wet and give the impression of the animal of being quiet in the water, while ensuring that no liquid in the blowhole comes through which it breathes, he added.
The dolphins are squeezed out of their habitat after human activity, from dams for irrigation projects to pollution, she wrote in a 1200 km (750 mi) stretch of Pakistani Indus River, of just half their original range.
life for millions of year in the murky waters, the mammals, just one of four surviving freshwater species, eventually went blind and use echolocation, of a form of sonar, for navigation.
They can grow to a length of more than two meters (2 yards) and over 100 kg (220 lb) in weight, diet on catfish, carp and shrimp, but need waters at least one meter deep to in to stay alive.
Some smaller animals strayin shallow irrigation channels, ponds and even fields, where they cannot survive. Although hunting them is prohibited, Sindh wildlife officials say getting entangled in fishing nets remains An key threat.
But protection efforts have paid off off, with bounce numbers up to 1,816 in 2019, up by means of half from 2001, according to a WWF survey. That was a far cry from the figure of 132 in 1972 that brought endangered status, leading until creation of The refuge.
About 30 animals have died in the approximately 200 rescue attempts die Pakistan has undertaken since 1992. But all 27 rescues after 2019 have been successful.
Reporting by Waseem Sattar and Sheree Sardar; Written by Masako Iijima; Editing by Clarence Fernandez
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