Story of Australian humpback calf coming to an end

Final update, Friday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.

It’s all over for the young humpback whale that lost its mother in Australia. The starving calf was administered an overdose of anesthetic to end its suffering, according to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian (with slideshow).

Meanwhile, wildlife workers have located a dead adult humpback, which may be its mother, on a beach. DNA tests are planned to determine if there’s a relation between the animals. Sydney Morning Herald.

Another story in the Herald explores why humans have such a strong emotional reaction to the plight of other animals.

The sad story also includes complaints about the treatment of the whale during its ordeal. See The Australian.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 3:55 p.m.

Here’s an update on the young humpback whale that we’ve discussed on this site.

It’s Friday morning morning in Sydney, Australia, and the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service is expected to euthanize the humpback calf within hours.

The animal has not eaten in six days, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. It was suffering from shark-inflicted wounds, and its flukes were hanging down, said National Parks spokesman John Dengate.

“The last thing we want is that the whale should suffer,” he said. “The vets are saying, ‘He hasn’t got long to go – you should take action.’”

I was somewhat troubled by the humorous tone that some reporters were taking several days ago, when it appeared the whale was lost and trying to snuggle up to pleasure boats. It’s never a good thing when a young animal loses its mother.

One thought on “Story of Australian humpback calf coming to an end

  1. It is past time to let the calf go and if they shoot him, I hope that person is a good shot.

    Some people make light of things they feel deeply about … maybe their mothers abandoned them at a young age and they use macabre ‘humor’…?
    Thanks.
    Sharon O’Hara

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