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Poor Colin

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I don’t know if y’all have been following the story about Colin, the baby humpback whale who was apparently abandoned by his mother. He was nuzzling up to yachts in Sydney harbor, trying to nurse. While the whole thing sadly ended with Colin being euthanized, it’s amazing to me how people (including myself) can get caught up in something like this that’s occurring half a world away. There are wars raging, people starving, kids shooting each other at school, tropical storms flooding Florida, and I keep checking for updates on Colin.

While I wish they could have led him out to sea to find another whale pod, he just wouldn’t go, and no one really had to resources to take on raising a baby whale. Besides that, he had shark injuries and was extremely weak, which further complicated any possible rescue. One only has to assume that the mother was following her instinct and, for whatever survival-of-the-fittest reason, she was doing what was best for future whale generations, cruel as it seems to us.

But what makes me smile in the midst of my sadness is that, rather than letting poor little Colin suffer, the people of Sydney cared enough to relieve his suffering. Having to make those kinds of decisions are hard when it’s your own pet. I’m sure it takes on a whole new dimension when the world is watching.


Written by blogicalinks

August 21, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Posted in Whatever

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  1. This makes me sad for little Colin. 😦


    December 15, 2008 at 7:57 pm

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