Get ready to read a heart melting story of a baby beluga. A newborn Beluga whale that had washed ashore on the riverbank was discovered by a family who was recently on holiday in Canada along the St. Lawrence River.
When they got close to her, they saw that the infant’s umbilical cord was still attached, indicating that she was probably just a few hours old. The boys of the family started hydrating the orphan while they waited for rescue because her mother was nowhere to be found.
According to 15-year-old Nicholas Milliard, who discovered the calf with his younger siblings, “We dug a hole so that water would accumulate and its skin would moisten.” “We brought in a bucket of water every five minutes. It was getting harder and harder to collect water as the water level was lowering.
The Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) researchers arrived to help with the rescue effort later in the afternoon. They returned the infant to the ocean and exposed her to different pods of beluga whales so she could locate a lactating whale (if not her mother, whose destiny remains a mystery).
It was almost dark when the researchers had to leave her, but they grabbed a sample of her skin in case they needed to trace her down later. The infant might struggle to survive, but after everything she’s been through, she deserves a chance to live in her native environment.
The rescuers carried the beluga to a mattress to make it comfortable [image credits : natureknows]
All that is left to be hoped for is either the cub’s reunion with its mother or the feeding of the baby by another beluga whale. Beluga whales nurse and care for their young for two years; without the mother, the baby cannot survive.
Beluga whales formerly numbered in the tens of thousands in the St. Lawrence River; today, there are only 900 left. The reservoir pollution is to blame for this dramatic decline.
Although specialists are unsure, she claimed that because belugas are very social animals, the rescued whale has a decent chance of remaining with a new group.
In an effort to help the baby whale locate a nursing whale, the young whale was returned to the ocean and introduced to a number of Beluga whale pods. [image credits : natureknows]
These are wild animals, and sometimes they have preferences for the company they keep. Other times, they manage to exist on their own.
“We considered this species to be a member of an endangered population, meaning that each individual is important to the group’s overall sustainability and survival. We were aware that we had to act swiftly by giving our knowledge and materials on the ground, says Vice President of Animal Care, Tim Binder.
Whatever the case, the beluga whale that was saved now, has a chance to live. And it’s all because of the work of thoughtful boys.