On March 12th a wild Chinese white dolphin was spotted in Nanhai River in Foshan, Guangdong. Due to their relative rarity in the wild, a crowd of thousands soon appeared on the riverbanks to watch conservation workers mount a rescue operation to relocate the animal to a nature preserve.
According to the local marine wildlife branch, Chinese white dolphins are a rare visitor to that area of the Pearl Delta, but sightings were not unheard of. However, previously two visitors were already dead when found and one other died during rescue.
Chinese white dolphins are native to the Pearl Delta region, as well as greater Southeast Asia. When born, the species is black, and gradually turns white as it matures to adulthood. Chinese white dolphins living along China’s coast commonly have pink skin.
The adult found in Nanhai River measured two meters (6.5 ft) in length and weighed 150 kilograms (330 lbs). It was taken to the Pearl River Delta Chinese White Dolphin National Wildlife Preserve.
As Foshan is where the young girl Yueyue was struck by 2 vehicles and ignored by 18 passersby before eventually succumbing to her injuries, netizens are once again quarreling over the topic of morality, comparing Foshanese’s readiness to save the dolphin to their seeming indifference to the plight of a young injured toddler.
Comments from NetEase:
This dolphin must have evolved, to still be alive in that extremely filthy water.
Foshan people still know how to protect wildlife, and aren’t trying to grab their own white fin? Really amazing!
Hasn’t been eaten? Really lucky.
People drowning, getting hit by cars, and others just stand with their arms crossed, not batting an eyelid. One fish falls into trouble, and everyone comes to help.
Yesterday was Arbor Day, and there are still people climbing on trees to get a good look!
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