Baby Dolphin Rescued From Rice Paddy Man pulls animal out, drives it to sea By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Mar 23, 2011 1:37 PM CDT 6 comments Comments A pet shop owner saved a baby dolphin stuck in a rice paddy. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A baby dolphin trapped in a flooded rice paddy after Japan’s tsunami has been returned to the sea, Reuters reports. "A man passing by said he had found the dolphin in the rice paddy and that we had to do something to save it," says a pet store owner who’s been saving animals since the disaster. He couldn’t net the 4-foot-long creature, so he carried it out in his arms, wrapped it in wet towels, then drove it a mile to the ocean. Once in the water, he says it seemed energized: “I don't know if it will live, but it's certainly a lot better than dying in a rice paddy."