Friday, March 25, 2011

Baby finless porpoise rescued from rice field flooded by Japan's tsunami

After so many heart-wrenching stories, finally, a heart-warming story from Japan in the wake of its 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Finally, a story that is sure to put a smile on your face.

A baby finless porpoise, aka Neophocaena phocaenoides, was found wriggling in a rice field flooded by seawater as a result of the tsunami. According to the Asahi Shimbun daily via Agence France-Presse and Reuters, Masayuki Sato, 55, discovered the struggling mammal about 1.2 miles inland and called a group of Japanese animal rescue volunteers.

"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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  1. After seeing women brawl in Burger Kings and clothing stores and punks being body slammed I am heartened to see acts of kindness to defenseless creatures.

  2. This is indeed a very heart-warming story. I admire that man who rescued this creature. I hope that many people will follow the same act. Japan has a good irrigation system but this rice field had been severely affected by the disaster.


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