CAMERON PARISH, La. (KPLC) – A four-week-old dolphin found east of Holly Beach in May is now swimming with a new capsule in Indianapolis.
A man who found the dolphin in the sand in May called the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding network, which quickly came to the beach, put the child on a stretcher and drove him to Galveston for almost three hours for treatment, where she gave him saved life.
“A very weak little dolphin when it was found, so it needed around the clock care,” said Shauna Gallagher of the Indianapolis Zoo. “There was someone with him every minute of the day. You cared for him for 6,000 hours in Texas. “
Gallagher is the dolphin area manager for the zoo. She told KPLC the Stranding Network needed to monitor his extensive sunburns and hand-feed him every two hours.
That’s one of the reasons why they call him “the wonder dolphin”.
This is where he gets his official name “Trooper”.
“Trooper has a very special story,” said Gallagher. “He had a difficult start, hence his name: Trooper.”
It was decided that Trooper would never make it alone in the wild and would not return to the Gulf. Instead, he was put on a FedEx plane and flown to Indianapolis, where another major challenge awaited.
“We have a capsule here that could help Trooper grow and learn how to be a dolphin, and he’s doing very, very well.”
It wasn’t an easy step for Trooper.
“He wasn’t sure how to behave as a dolphin because he hadn’t been with a dolphin since he was four weeks old,” said Gallagher.
The 12 dolphins living in Indianapolis brought troopers.
The pod became his teachers and he’s healthy and apparently happy.
However, he will always have the scars from the day he washed up on a Cameron Parish beach.
“You will see on Trooper that he has a marbled back,” said Gallagher. “It’s from the sunburn he had. He still has scars, and as he gets older it is the easiest way to tell them apart. “
These scars don’t seem to hold him back and won’t keep him from living long
Please report any stranded marine mammals and sea turtles (live or dead) to CWN at (504) 235-3005.
Find out more about Trooper and the other dolphins at the Indianapolis Zoo HERE.
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