In what has come up as the most evil evil human-animal conflict while nature was beginning to heal amid the COVID-19 lockdown, a group of cruel men from Bengal shared a video of mercilessly torturing a baby Gangetic dolphin to death and releasing its bloodied body into the waters later. While the sightings of these rare South Asian River Dolphins last month in Kolkata Ghats came as a wonderful surprise for environmentalists, the poachers and cruel men were not far behind and the viral video and pictures have sparked furry on Twitter. Also Read - COVID-19 Weekly Wrap | Nearly 50,000 Cases Reported in India in Last 7 Days; Experts Blame Lockdown Relaxations
As per a report in TOI, one Rafiku Saihk had uploaded a video (Vigo Video ID 80826578705) that featured a group of men holding the infant dolphin by its snout and tail and literally torturing it. While the exact location of the incident hasn’t been confirmed yet, environmentalist Biswajit Roychowdhury guessed it to be on the banks of Hooghly somewhere between Kolkata and Burdwan. Biswajit’s organisation complained about it to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests after seeing another video that showed the dolphin being released in the river in a bloodied state. Also Read - Viral Video: Sonam Wangchuk Urges Indians to Boycott Chinese Goods, Inspiration Behind '3 Idiots' Says 'Use Wallet Power'
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“The mammals have very sensitive skin and the way it has been handled, as shown in the videos, it is likely to be dead despite being released in water,” he told TOI. He opined that the dolphin in the video was an infant, probably a few weeks old, and added that the matter is under investigation. He said, “We are assuming that the place is in between Kolkata and Burdwan and hoping that the culprits will be brought to book soon.”
As the pictures and videos went viral, Twitterati poured their outrage on the micro-blogging site. While one wrote, “Yuck what are they proud of? Why are they free ? Baby #dolphins abused by 2 #monstersamongus in #India (sic)”, another tweeted, “Torturing a baby dolphin only a couple of weeks old. Seriously sociopathic! Let’s hope they’re caught soon. Apparently they did release the battered & bloodied calf, but it wouldn’t have a chance with no Mum. Scumbags (sic)” and yet another lashed, “Have these men been arrested? This can’t go on. Why can’t we get everyone to care? This is heart breaking. @MamataOfficial @PrakashJavdekar (sic).”
Check out Twitter’s reaction on the news here:
While around 30 years ago, it was a normal thing for Gangetic dolphins to be spotted at ghats of Kolkata, due to increased water pollution these sightings became almost rare. Amid the lockdown these animals are being seen in parts where they were not seen earlier due to human activities. Last month, dolphins were also spotted off Mumbai coast after the lockdown was implemented in India.
Same is the case in Bihar, where Gangetic dolphins have become more visible in the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary. The global population of Gangetic dolphins is barely between 1,200 to 1,800.