A calf that ran aground on the banks of the Thames in the suburbs of London was euthanized after his condition worsened, which would not allow him to survive, rescuers said.
Deterioration of health in 45 minutes
British rescuers loosened this little whale Minke on May 10, to the delight of hundreds of upset spectators. But she managed to escape, climbing the river more than moving. “The whale’s condition has deteriorated over the last 45 minutes we’ve been with herNational Rescue Coordinator British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), Julia Cable, said the evening.She was not breathing well and would not survive long“, she added, noting that veterinarians at the London Zoo gave the whales a significant amount of anesthetic that would be separated from the mother.
Between three and four meters long, a calf was spotted on May 9 in south-west London, stranded on a series of valves that control water flow. A spokeswoman for the Royal National Boat Institute (RNLI) said the next day that he presented “worrying behavior“, so”experts represent the fear (s) of not being in good health“.
Minke’s calf lost in the waters of the Thames in southwest London on May 10, 2021. Credits: AFP – Glyn KIRK
Whale ten meters in adulthood
Among the smallest whales, the Minke whale usually reaches 10 meters in adulthood and lives in the North Atlantic and Pacific, but is occasionally found as far as the Arctic or Equator. In January 2006, the northern whale good whale had already run aground in the Thames, sparking huge interest. Unfortunately, the whales died while being returned to the sea.