Baby Dolphin Rescued From Rice Paddy

Man pulls animal out, drives it to sea
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2011 1:37 PM CDT
Baby Dolphin Rescued From Japan Tsunami Trap
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." (Read more dolphin stories.)

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