A 10-day-old baby dolphin named Nipper the Tiny Flipper was rescued on a beach near the Uruguayan capitol, Montevideo this week.
The utterly adorable little guy washed upon the shore and was discovered by walkers on the beach. Sadly, there was no sign of the baby mammal’s mother.
Also, the wee Dolphin was suffering from injuries believed to be caused by a fishing net. See kids! That is why you only eat dolphin safe tuna!
Obviously eating fish is very good for mankind — all the Omega 3′s keep us young and healthy. A downside to this is the use of fishing nets that are involved in catching said sea life — and unfortunately little dudes like Nipper can get caught up.
Did you know that the use of fishing nets is actually quite a controversial debate among many people?
Oftentimes, lazy, ill-educated fishermen use fishing nets improperly. Young fish can often lead to food poisoning and the killing of eggs can lead to a poor ecosystem. And, when fish are caught with a net, other things get tangled in the net and trapped like Nipper the Tiny Flipper.
Luckily, the head of the NGO Rescate Fauna Marina Richard Tesore has taken the lead with the care and rehabilitation of the cutest baby dolphin ever. The little guy is now living at a center in Piriapolis. The survival rate for dolphins within their first year of life in the wild is 20%, and there is an even higher death toll of captive born dolphins. Let’s hope that Nipper the Tiny Flipper will pull through this ordeal and grow up to show the world just how tough he is!