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'Overworked' 9-Day-Old Baby Dolphin Dies Midway Through Performance At Water Park

'Overworked' 9-Day-Old Baby Dolphin Dies Midway Through Performance At Water Park

The sea creatures are made to entertain audiences four times a day during summer peak season—which is too many, according to environmentalists.

A baby dolphin died mid-performance at a Bulgarian water park after it was allegedly being overworked, reports Daily Mail. Local media reports suggest that the animal was only nine days old when it died in front of a packed audience at the Varna Dolphinarium. Spectators of the show were hurriedly rushed out of the show and one member of the audience, Bisser Lyubenov, told  BTV Novinite, "There was a disturbance, the dolphins stopped playing and performing tricks."



 

 

While the dolphin's cause of death still remains unclear, critics seem to suggest that the conditions of the dolphinarium are to blame. An autopsy done on the baby dolphin shows its organs were in perfectly healthy conditions, but it still died, suggesting that it was affected mentally, probably from being separated from its mother at such a young age. It has also been claimed that the baby dolphin was made to perform alongside the adults earlier this month.



 

 

The sea creatures are made to entertain audiences four times a day during summer peak season- which is too many, according to environmentalists. Five dolphins and a seal are said to have died at the resort over the last five years, according to Yavor Gechev, from the animal protection organization Four Paws."This means categorically that conditions don't meet even the minimal standards for keeping such animals", he insists, according to BBC. "The animals are struggling there, they are not surviving."



 

 

Tsvetan Stanev, the facility's biologist, insists that the baby and its mother had been separated from the other dolphins since the calf was born. "You can't have a mother leaving its child in order to take part in the show. This can happen about six months after birth. A baby dolphin taking part in performances nine days after it was born - this has never happened in this dolphinarium!", he says.



 

 

The incident sparked outrage on social media and a petition calling for the closure of the park is being circulated. I saw the show once and I'm still horrified about the way the dolphins get treated! It's clear that a big profit is made at the expense of the animals who are forced to perform too often, one person wrote on Facebook. It's quite sad what happened to the baby dolphin. However, dolphins born in captivity have a 50 to 75 percent chance of dying in the first year of their lives.



 

 


  
 

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