The Dugong – a well-evolved creature that’s a few of the time regarded as the offspring of the mermaid legend – had turned out to be broadly famend after it was “adopted” by the general public when it was discovered alone, with out its household.
Per week in the past, the Dugong, which has been named Mariam, was found sick, was refusing to eat and was dropping extreme weight.
On Saturday it handed away and a autopsy together with 10 vets concluded it was killed by plastic it had eaten.
One of many vets who handled the Dugong, Nantarika Chansue, mentioned on Fb: “Many items of small plastic clogged her intestines and brought on irritation, resulting in a blood an infection and infected lungs.”
“Everyone seems to be saddened by this loss, but it surely reiterates that we have to save the surroundings to avoid wasting these uncommon sea animals.”
Dugongs are recorded as “defenceless”, which suggests they’re at excessive hazard of threat within the wild, following an incredible many lengthy intervals of being chased by individuals for his or her meat and oil.