Monday, 10 May 2021

River Thames whale: Stranded baby minke is put down

 A juvenile minke whale that became stranded in the River Thames has been put down.

Hundreds of people gathered along the riverbanks in south-west London after the whale was first spotted on Sunday.

It was first freed from Richmond lock but became stranded a second time in Teddington.

Rescuers earlier said the condition of the animal had deteriorated "rapidly" and a vet team had been working to "end its suffering".

image captionRescuers had been looking after the mammal which has become stuck against a wall

The whale, which measured between 3m (10ft) and 4m (13ft), was first spotted near Barnes Bridge on Sunday and became stranded on Richmond Lock's boat rollers at about 19:00 BST.

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