Infant Pilot Whale Found At Kuala Menggatal Dies Due To Human Apathy

This infant pilot whale died due to eating plastics.

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Despite intensive efforts by Sabah Wildlife Rescue Unit veterinarians and rangers, the male infant “short finned Pilot Whale” rescued on April 23, has died a week later.

The post mortem results revealed the expected findings – plastic bags inside the stomach, making a total of 7 plastic bags plus pieces of other plastic material.

These caused severe damage on the infant stomach and intestines, causing unnatural gas production and bleeding in abdomen causing difficulty to breath, according to a post on the WRU Facebook page Thursday.

In a brief statement, the WRU said: “Following its rescue, sadly the infant pilot whale died on April 30 at 3pm. Despite best efforts and veterinary treatment, the poor animal succumbed to his chronic disease that was caused by humans.

Post mortem being carried out by WRU veterinarians. – Photos courtesy of WRU/Sabah Wildlife Department

“With fluid therapy and medication, he showed slight improvement during his care and the team managed to feed him every day since rescue.

“However the animal vomited three plastic bags and some plastic (diapers) on the 25th, and bits of styrofoam the following day. He also showed worsening gas accumulation and severe abdominal pain despite medications.

The damaged stomach of the whale caused by the undigested plastic bags.

“The post mortem results revealed the expected findings; more plastic bags inside the stomach, making a total of seven plastic bags plus pieces of other plastics, causing severe damage on the infant stomach and intestines, and causing unnatural gas production and bleeding in abdomen causing difficulty to breath.

“The Sabah Wildlife Department would like to make a call for all the Sabahans to make a bigger effort, avoid unnecessary plastic use and dispose it properly. We really need to take care of our ocean and its marine life.”

WRU officials caring for the rescued infant whale but unfortunately it died a week later.
This is the condition at Kuala Menggatal on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu where the infant whale was first found and rescued.