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Stranded young whale put down

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LONDON: A juvenile minke whale that became stranded in London’s River Thames has been put down after its condition deteriorat­ed and vets decided it could not survive in the open water.

The whale, measuring 3-4m, was first spotted in south-west London on Sunday and was washed ashore at a set of gates controllin­g water flow.

Rescue efforts by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) service and firefighte­rs failed when the whale slipped its leash and then swam upriver, instead of towards the sea.

“The last 45 minutes we were with the whale its condition was deteriorat­ing, its breathing wasn’t right and it wouldn’t have survived much longer,” BDMLR national co-ordinator Julia Cable said late Monday.

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