Sunday, November 06, 2005

Ganges dolphin dies of shock!?

A Gangetic dolphin, which had got trapped in a canal in Burdwan, died after it was released in the Bhagirathi. The incident occurred even as the state is observing Wildlife Week.

Kamal Haldar, the upapradhan of the gram panchayat of Samudragarh, who was present when the 30-foot dolphin was released on Monday, said some fishermen yesterday found the endangered mammal lying dead on the shallow river bed.

Kalna sub-divisional officer Srikumar Chakraborty said: “After the dolphin was released in the Bhagirathi, it died. I have asked the block development officer to conduct an inquiry.” Conservator of forests Vinod Yadav said in Calcutta the “dolphin may have died from shock”.

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