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Bad News For Lost Baby Whale

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He’s 6 to 8 weeks old, and he can’t find his mother to nurse… Australian officials say they are doing everything they can to help the whale “Colin.” But so far no luck. The latest, from CNN, is that he may be euthanized. (Read the article below this video).

From CNN: SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Wildlife officials have located the injured and abandoned baby humpback whale that has been trying to suckle boats in the waters off Sydney, and plan to euthanize the animal Friday.
The lost humpback whale calf swims north of Sydney Harbour in Australia on Wednesday.
The lost humpback whale calf swims north of Sydney Harbour in Australia on Wednesday.
The decision was made Thursday evening after veterinarians and marine researchers examined the whale and found that its condition was deteriorating quickly and that euthanizing it was the most humane thing to do.
But the operation was postponed when searchers were unable to find the whale in the dark waters of Pittwater Inlet.
The plight of the whale, which Australians have nicknamed “Colin,” has dominated news coverage here since it was first sighted Sunday and began trying to suckle from boats it apparently mistook for its mother.
Early Friday, Colin had been located, and officials planned to sedate the animal, tow it to shore, and inject a dose of fatal drugs into its heart.
Reporters were barred from accessing the inlet via land, and maritime police physically blocked a boat carrying members of a rescue group and several reporters, including a reporter and photographer from AP. They threatened the group with a $3,500 fine if the boat attempted to dock.
“We have a whale whose condition has deteriorated rapidly over the last 24 hours, and who now experts are telling us is suffering, and we’ve had to make the hard decision to euthanize the whale,” said Sally Barnes, deputy director-general of the New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change.
Barnes said the whale would be given a sedative to relax it, then a lethal dose of anesthetics.
“Everyone is very connected to this animal and it’s a very emotional decision,” she said, referring to the animal as a family pet that had been adopted by many in Sydney over the last week.
She said officials had sought out national and international advice on how to deal with the lost whale but its condition had become too poor to treat.
Some Australians have accused wildlife officials of not doing enough to help the calf or trying to feed it.
Previous attempts to guide the whale back to open waters have failed, with the creature preferring to stick close to the boats. Officials with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service were considering earlier Thursday whether to use an inflatable sling to tow the creature into deeper waters, where it would have a better chance of connecting with other whales.
One effort came from Aboriginal whale whisperer Bunna Lawrie, who visited the calf Thursday afternoon. Adorned with feathers on his head and white paint markings on his face, Lawrie reached into the water to stroke Colin while singing a humming, tongue-rolling tune.
But after a few minutes the whale swam away to nuzzle a nearby yacht.
“He’s missing the big fellas,” said Lawrie, whose visit was broadcast on Channel 10 television.

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