Friday, March 25, 2011
Baby finless porpoise rescued from rice field flooded by Japan's tsunami
"Immediately after I spotted it, I realized I could not ignore it," Sato told the Asahi Shimbun. "I had to do something. This was also a victim of the tsunami."
Ryo Taira and his group were rescuing cats and dogs in the devasted area around Sendai when Taira received the call from Sato, who described the stranded creature as a baby dolphin. The group rushed to the site at nearby Ishinomaki.
After the rescuers failed in an attempt to net the porpoise, Taira waded into the rice field and simply picked up the finless porpoise, so named because it lacks a dorsal fin.
"It was pretty weak by then, which was probably the only reason we could catch it," Taira told Reuters.
Taira and the others wrapped the four-foot porpoise in a wet blanket and happily delivered it to the sea, where it appeared to perk up as it swam off.
"I don't know if it will survive, but it's much better than dying in a rice field, right?" Taira told Asahi Shimbun. "It's good."
Indeed, it's very good.
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