A baby killer whale found clinging to a buoy as a “security blanket” after losing his pod has died, despite experts’ best efforts to save his life.
The orca, nicknamed Bob by locals, was found stranded in Tauranga harbor on New Zealand’s North Island on July 13 and tragically died on Friday.
The six-month-old calf was dehydrated when rescuers finally found him and continuously refused to be fed, according to Stuff.
A six-month-old orca was seen clinging to a buoy as a “security blanket” after it lost its pod.
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After the orca’s health began to deteriorate this week the calf was moved to an overground pool.
After the calf’s health started to deteriorate, he was moved to an overground pool where he was fed through a tube.
Dr. Ingrid Visser, Director of the Orca Research Trust, said:
He really likes being touched.
Orca are extremely social and the calf was treating a large orange buoy in the tidal channel as a security blanket.
He never moved further than 20 or 30 meters away from it.
Conservation minister Maggie Barry sympathized with the people that worked extensively to try and save the calf.
The rescue and release of an orca this young would have been a world first and therefore chances were very slim.
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