Members of the Wildlife Rescue Unit of Sabah’s Wildlife Department pet a newly rescued baby elephant in Lahad Datu in Malaysia’s state of Sabah on Borneo island, in this handout photo released by Sabah Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Rescue Unit to Reuters on Jan. 25, 2012. The population of Borneo Pygmy elephants in Sabah is dwindling fast, with only 2,000 left in the wild.
An International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) team carries a stranded common dolphin to a waiting vehicle while another waits to be rescued at Herring River in Wellfleet, Mass., Jan. 19, 2012.
More than 80 common and Atlantic white sided dolphins have been stranded along 25 miles of Cape Cod coastline since Jan. 12 according to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The animal welfare advocates are perplexed by the current situation along the scenic shores south of Boston because its one of the largest cases of dolphins stranding themselves in years.
January through April is the typical season for multiple beaching of dolphins and Cape Cod is among the top locations for the phenomenon worldwide, but Katie Moore, manager of IFAW’s marine mammal rescue and research said this pattern is unlike past years. ”It feels like stranding after stranding after stranding,” she said. “It’s definitely out of the ordinary.”
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