Three stranded Beluga whales saved in remote Russian Far East after a dramatic solo rescue operation by hero local inspector
An inspector from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has been hailed as a hero, after he saved a family of three Beluga whales – two adults and a young calf – left stranded on a Far Eastern beach on Thursday when the tide went out.
Alexey Paramonov said that when he arrived at the scene he saw the animals about 1.5 kilometers from the coast. One of the adults was in a dangerous position, lying on its side, so he dug a hole under the beluga and turned it over to the correct position, while also trying to protect the family from predators.
In order to prevent dehydration, he watered their skin and eyes, and, with nighttime temperatures below freezing, Paramonov also swaddled the baby to keep it warm.
The dramatic incident occurred in the Khabarovsk region, a vast territory that borders China by land and is close to Japan by sea, over 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow. A local resident told the Emergencies Ministry at about 4.30 pm local time that the animals were stuck at the mouth of the Uda river, which flows into the Sea of Okhotsk, near the village of Chumikan.
The settlement, home to about 1,000 people, is so remote that it has never been connected to the national road network. Thus, access is possible only by sea (which is frozen for close to half the year), helicopter, or small plane. It is 480 kilometers from the nearest train station and almost 700 kilometers away from the city of Khabarovsk.
Paramonov remained with the stricken creatures long after it got dark, mindful of the threat from other animals and poachers.
At about midnight, when the high tide arrived, the whales safely returned to sea on their own.
Last year, Paramonov also rescued three belugas.
Back then three adults found themselves stranded in shallow water and came under attack from crows and gulls before the hero inspector came to their rescue.
And we say...Yay !! Finally some good news instead of the constant horror reports we read every day about animal suffering, caused by direct animal abuse, or by those who do nothing against it.
The systematic indifference of the authorities to animal suffering leads us to regard an inspector as a hero, simply because he has conscientiously done his duty to the three animals.
And it is actually a hero who saves animals today.
But most of the officials who get paid for it don’t even give a shit when it comes to an animal’s life.
In the name of the animals, we say thank you to Inspector Paramonov!
My best regards to all, Venus