Subject: Info: released Whale Note Australia

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 5 Dec 1994 21:08:09

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WILLY THE WHALE CLOSE TO DEATH WHEN RESCUED
 
   SYDNEY, Dec 1 AAP - The rescue of 'Willy', a tropical whale
trapped in the Manning River on the New South Wales north coast for
more than three months, may have come just in time, the  National
Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said today.
Blood and tissue samples taken from the whale on the day of his
release revealed he was badly dehydrated and had hardly eaten
during the time he spent in the river, Executive Director of
Operations Alastair Howard said in a statement.
   He said the whale would probably have died within a few weeks
unless released.
"(But) comprehensive tests for organ performance showed that the
animal's liver, kidneys, pancreas and thyroid were functioning well
and there were no signs of internal infections," Mr Howard said.
   The whale's prospects for recovery and survival in the wild were
good, he said.
   The tests also revealed Willy was a juvenile male whale,
probably about four years old.