The beluga lost in the Seine in France has been euthanized for humanitarian reasons.

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During the rescue attempt, the dangerously weakened marine mammal began to experience respiratory problems, so experts decided to euthanize it.

A white whale swims along the Seine near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, on 8 August 2022 (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
A white whale swims along the Seine near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, on 8 August 2022 (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

The French authorities have decided to sacrifice this Wednesday for humanitarian reasons. a white whale lost in the Seine for a few days. The male animal was spotted on the Seine last week after accidentally deviating from its normal course to the North Pole.

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A rescue team had pulled it out of the water and was preparing to transfer the beluga whale to a saltwater pool in Normandy.

White whale lost in the River Seine in France swims near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock on August 9, 2022 (REUTERS / Benoit Tessier)
White whale lost in the River Seine in France swims near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock on August 9, 2022 (REUTERS / Benoit Tessier)
Beluga swims near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, on August 8, 2022 (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
Beluga swims near the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France, on August 8, 2022 (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
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During the rescue attempt, the dangerously weakened marine mammal began to experience respiratory problems, so the experts decided to euthanize the animal for humanitarian reasons.

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“During the trip, the veterinarians confirmed that his health was deteriorating, especially his respiratory activities, and also noted that the animal was in pain and was not breathing enough.” French wildlife expert Florence Ollivet Courtois explained. “The pain was evident to the animal and it was important to get him out of his tension, so we had to euthanize him.”

Dramatic recovery of beluga in France
Firefighters and members of a search and rescue team pull net to rescue beluga whale near Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock on 10 August 2022 (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
Firefighters and members of a search and rescue team pull net to rescue beluga whale near Notre-Dame-de-la-Garenne lock on 10 August 2022 (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

Conservation group Sea Shepherd Fance said Veterinary tests after removing the Beluga from the river showed a lack of digestive activity. Members of the organization had made unsuccessful attempts since Friday to feed the cetaceans with fish.

Courtois of beluga After being transferred to a climate-controlled truck and during the nearly 160-kilometer (99-mile) trip to the Normandy coast, he suffered hardships. The marine mammal was expected to recover for several days in a saltwater pool in the northeastern French port city of Ouistreham before being transported to the sea.

Firefighters and members of a search party control a beluga whale rescued on 10 August 2022 in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
Firefighters and members of a search party control a beluga whale rescued on 10 August 2022 in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, France (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

Rescue team said earlier. the transfer ran the risk of beluga dying due to the stress of the process. However, it was deemed necessary as the animal could not survive longer in the fresh waters of the Seine.

“Beluga was ordered to be euthanized because he was too weak to be put back in the water,” said Guillaume Lericolais, deputy governor of France’s Calvados region.

with AP information

Source: Info Bae

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