Fisherman in India accidentally catches endangered dolphin, carries it to safety

The fisherman was seen by witnesses carrying the dolphin away from the nets before releasing it safely back in the water.
(SWNS)

The incident occurred in Purnia, India, on July 3, Southwest News Service reports. The animal was identified as a Ganges River dolphin, a species listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and protected by the Indian Wildlife Act.

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The fisherman was seen by witnesses carrying the dolphin away from the nets before releasing it safely back in the water. It is believed that the animal strayed into the waterway from the Ganges.

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A witness told Southwest News, “The dolphin had strayed into the Parmaan River from the Ganges. Consequently, the aquatic mammal got entangled in the fishing net. A massive crowd gathered in the area to get a glimpse of the mammal.”

The villagers immediately alerted local authorities, who arranged to have the dolphin safely relocated.

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