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Irrawaddy dolphin found dead in Pakokku

14.8.2021 PKU News 1 1 NS

Officials check body of Irrawaddy dolphin by measuring the body.

An Irrawaddy dolphin was found dead in the Ayeyawady river conservation areas near Hnawgon Village in Magyipinpu Village-tract of Pakokku Township in Magway Region yesterday.
U Pho Pyone from Natkyun Village-tract found the body and took it to his village. Village administrator U Sein Hlaing reported it to the township administrative officials. Then, seven officials including the deputy township administrator and police officer went to the scene and inspected the dead dolphin. It measured six feet and nine inches long with a girth of four feet. It died three days ago with an injury on its head. According to the inspection, it was found to have died from old age.
The endangered Irrawaddy dolphins were found in October 2020 in the Ayeyawady River in Pakokku Township and local journalists and fishermen took photos of them.
The relevant departments, local residents and fishermen should cooperate with each other to protect the critically endangered and rare Irrawaddy dolphins, said U Ye Lwin Thein, head of district Fisheries Department.—Salai Ko Kee (IPRD)/GNLM

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