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Dolphin recovered in Tripura river

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, July 28 � A freshwater dolphin weighing about 200 kg was recovered from the banks of river Gomati in South Tripura district last Tuesday morning.

Abul Kasem, a villager of Khilpara, who went to collect grass, found that a dead �big fish� was lying on the banks of the river around 8.30 am. As he raised alarm, other villagers came on the scene and recovered the �big fish�. Later, it was pulled on the sands and it turned out to be a fresh water dolphin.

By this time, villagers sent message to Forest officials and Fishery department about the recovery of the mammal. But, officials of Forest department took around three and half hours to reach the spot. A big contingent from Forest department landed and declared that it was a dolphin, a mammal species having a length of 11 feet.

As the news spread, many people from Udaipur town rushed to the spot to have a glimpse of the dolphin. Police had to struggle a lot to control the people. However, trouble began when nine villagers sought Rs 20,000 from the Forest department officials for recovering the dolphin. After hectic parley, the dolphin was taken to DFO�s office at Udaipur from where it was sent to Central Veterinary Hospital for conducting autopsy.

Two �big fishes� were seen jumping on the river two days back, according to villagers.

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Dolphin recovered in Tripura river

AGARTALA, July 28 � A freshwater dolphin weighing about 200 kg was recovered from the banks of river Gomati in South Tripura district last Tuesday morning.

Abul Kasem, a villager of Khilpara, who went to collect grass, found that a dead �big fish� was lying on the banks of the river around 8.30 am. As he raised alarm, other villagers came on the scene and recovered the �big fish�. Later, it was pulled on the sands and it turned out to be a fresh water dolphin.

By this time, villagers sent message to Forest officials and Fishery department about the recovery of the mammal. But, officials of Forest department took around three and half hours to reach the spot. A big contingent from Forest department landed and declared that it was a dolphin, a mammal species having a length of 11 feet.

As the news spread, many people from Udaipur town rushed to the spot to have a glimpse of the dolphin. Police had to struggle a lot to control the people. However, trouble began when nine villagers sought Rs 20,000 from the Forest department officials for recovering the dolphin. After hectic parley, the dolphin was taken to DFO�s office at Udaipur from where it was sent to Central Veterinary Hospital for conducting autopsy.

Two �big fishes� were seen jumping on the river two days back, according to villagers.

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