Baby Whale to Be Euthanized

Shark-inflicted injuries take toll on humpback deteriorating after separation from mother
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2008 11:49 AM CDT
In this image taken off from Channel Nine TV, a lost humpback whale calf swims around a yacht in the Pittwater, north of Sydney Harbour, Aug. 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Channel Nine)
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(Newser) – Australia’s wildlife service plans to kill the baby whale that mistook a yacht for its mother in a bay north of Sydney, the Morning Herald reports. Veterinarians say the whale, plagued by shark-inflicted injuries and breathing difficulties, doesn’t have long to live anyway. A team will administer a lethal injection soon. “The last thing we want is that the whale should suffer,” an official said.