Dolphin died of water shortage, shows autopsy

May 8th, 2008 - 9:54 pm ICT by admin  

Lucknow, MAY 8 (IANS) The autopsy report on the dolphin, found dead in Indira Canal in Uttar Pradesh Wednesday, confirmed the mammal died of water shortage that led to low oxygen level in its blood, an official said. The autopsy report came Thursday. “The dolphin had a cardiac arrest because of low water level,” said M.P. Singh, Awadh assistant conservator of forests.

The official ruled out any foul play. Dolphins need certain depth of water to be able to survive.

“The reports that locals attacked the dolphin when they came across it, hold no significance after the post-mortem,” he said.

The male Gangetic dolphin, weighing around 80 kg, had accidentally swept into the Indira Canal from the river Ghagra and its tributaries in Lakhimpur district, officials earlier said.

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