The whale that stranded last night in the English River Thames is getting a shot tonight. The animals injuries are too serious to heal, rescue workers say.
The whale got stuck last night at a lock southwest of London. Rescue services managed to free the whale, but a little later the animal got stuck in the river again.
“ It is now low tide and the whale is likely to dry quickly,” say the rescue workers of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. “If that happens, veterinarians will put the whale out of suffering and euthanize it.”
According to British media, its probably a young minke whale. The rescue operation of the three to four metres long animal attracted a lot of public along the banks of the Thames.
They saw the whale stranded again after a previous rescue attempt:
According to the organization, the whale barely has the strength to swim and has suffered several serious injuries.
“ Whales often beaches for the same reason, namely that they are already sick, weak or injured,” says a spokesman for the organization to the BBC. “And then we cant do much more.”