Beached whale in lock of the Thames freed

Rescue workers freed a small whale that had been trapped in a lock of the River Thames in the southwest of the British capital London, reports the BBC. The rescue operation started around 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening and about four hours later the whale, presumably a minke whale, was taken to a safer place.

A veterinarian is currently examining whether the animal, which would have suffered injuries, is strong enough to release, according to British broadcaster.

BBC journalist Matt Graveling tweeted that the animals life is โ€œstill hanging by a threadโ€. According to the London Port Authority, which is responsible for the lock, the animal got stuck around 19.00 (local time). The BBC writes on its website that the beast was probably spotted a few kilometers upstream earlier in the day.