Heartless Tourist Steals Dying Baby Dolphin From Beach
Authorities have now launched a probe into the incident
A heartless tourist who was filmed stealing a dying baby Dolphin from a beach in southern China on Tuesday is now wanted by authorities.
The footage of the distressing incident shows a man in black swimming trunks carrying a small baby dolphin while talking on his cell phone.
Authorities have now launched a probe into the incident as the dolphin was stranded and should have been helped back into the sea.
Newsweek reports: A local fisheries bureau official told Btime.com that authorities have launched a probe into the incident.
According to the official, witnesses say the dolphin was stranded on the beach and stopped moving when the man approached it, picked it up and placed it in his car. The man then reportedly drove off.
“We received reports from witnesses saying there was a dolphin that had got stranded on the beach and looked like it was about to die when it was found,” the official, who was not named, said.
“The man, thought to be a tourist on the island, was then seen to have carried the dolphin away on his car… he will be punished when he is identified.”
“Dolphins are protected animals [in China]. Whether it was dead or alive, he should have called the authorities for help.”
The video was posted to Miaopai, a popular Chinese video sharing and live streaming website, on Wednesday. It has since attracted nearly six million views and hundreds of comments from users, mostly condemning the man for his actions.
“Is he going to boil the dolphin [for food]? This is simply disgusting,” one user wrote.
Another added: “These people are like savages. They should be punished and made to pay hundreds of thousands of yuan.”
According to Medium, the man has since been identified as a tourist who has already left the island. Authorities intend to hold him accountable and are currently working to obtain his identity and location.