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Ganges river dolphin rescued in UP & stranded in a canal

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The Fact News Service

October 24

An elusive Ganges river dolphin was rescued in Uttar Pradesh yesterday after it lost its way and was stranded in a canal. Staff members of the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and the Turtle Survival Alliance worked together to rescue and rehabilitate the dolphin.  

According to Twitter post shared by the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), the 4.2-foot-long male dolphin went astray and was stuck in a canal in Barabanki for hours. The Ganges river dolphin was found in Sharda Canal, a district official said.   

TSA’s Quick Response Team worked with the state forest department in a joint operation to successfully rescue the dolphin and release it into the Ghagra river.

They shared photos from the rescue operation on Twitter. Pictures show team members splashing water on the marine mammal, carrying it on a stretcher and releasing it into the river.

As quoted in NDTV ,Dr Shailendra Singh, an aquatic wildlife biologist who spearheads the Turtle Survival Alliance, shared a picture from the dolphin rescue operation and wrote: “What could be better than saving a nice male Gangetic River dolphin stranded in canal in River Dolphin Week in Barabanki UP?”

The timely rescue op won hearts on the microblogging platform, where many thanked TSA and the forest department for saving the endangered freshwater dolphin.

(story sourced through inputs from agencies)

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