“Baby”: the longest river dolphin in captivity in the world is dead

The sad life of the last wild-caught dolphin in Duisburg Zoo, Germany has come to an end after 45 years of imprisonment: Dolphin “Orinoko”, who was mainly called “Baby”, is dead.

For a handful of fish, dolphins are forced to entertain the paying audience.

“Baby” was the last captive river dolphin outside of South America. His death marks the end of an era full of suffering and loneliness.
A look at “babies” tragic life proves: Dolphins do not belong in zoos and dolphinariums!

River dolphin “Baby”: Torn from nature and put to sleep after almost 46 years in captivity

“Baby” was originally born in freedom: He comes from the South American Amazon region.

In 1975 he and other conspecifics were torn from their natural environment as wild-caught and brought to Germany.

That was 45 years and nine months ago – that is how long “Baby” has lived in Duisburg.
He has also been all alone for 14 years: as the last of his kind in the local dolphinarium, he ekes out a lonely and monotonous existence in a small pool.


Now the Duisburg Zoo announced that “Baby” had to be put down after an illness.
He no longer wanted to eat and reacted increasingly cautious.

In addition, wound infection was diagnosed. As his condition worsened, “Baby” was put to sleep.

At the time of his death, he was the longest river dolphin in captivity in the world – a sad record that was accompanied by much agony and privation for the animal.

Dolphins suffer massively in captivity

It doesn’t matter how big and modern the tanks are – for dolphins captivity always means animal suffering. In captivity, marine animals have little opportunity to express their natural behavior – but this is often used as an argument in favor of keeping dolphins, orcas, etc. in zoos.
However, no general knowledge can be derived from animals in captivity. In addition, zoos do not make any contribution to species protection: not a single dolphin living in Duisburg Zoo has ever been returned to nature.

“The captivity of dolphins always means animal suffering, no matter how large and modern the tanks may be. With robot dolphins, on the other hand, things are different. In July, PETA asked the zoo to transfer the bottlenose dolphins to managed marine reserves and invest in a ‘Robotic Dolphin’. “
(Marine biologist Dr. Tanja Breining, specialist librarian for fish and marine animals at PETA Germany).

Nach 45 Jahren eingesperrt im Zoo Duisburg: Flussdelfin „Baby“ ist tot

And I mean… To make one thing clear: the reality of the life of the dolphins who are always “smiling” (because that is their natural mouth shape and not because they are in such a good mood) and squeaking (because that is their language and not an expression of their mood) is different than in ” Flipper “was shown, it is a tragic one which is used to amuse and entertain stupid visitors.

Amazonian dolphins have been kept in aquariums since 1975 – outside of Venezuela – only in Duisburg Zoo.

Under “kept” is to be understood completely unnatural conditions where they have to wait. This can go as far as the suicide of the animals due to depression – because no dolphin willingly jumps through rings and live happily in a “bathtub”!

Buying and trading with the dolphins drive a completely different, extremely dirty business, as we have already reported: the dolphin massacre in Taiji.

In a Japanese coastal town, whole schools of dolphins are regularly driven into a bay by fishermen.
In front of the dolphin family members, some animals are stabbed alive and cut up. The bay turns red with the blood of agony.
In between, young, small dolphins swim, chosen by the men and later sold to dolphinariums.
Completely traumatized, these animals end up in shows and are supposed to entertain children – what a morbid act!

Now the Duisburg Zoo is moaning in the media and is playing a comedy of emotions that only idiots or the unsuspecting can convince.

“Baby” was a character animal in our zoo.

The loss affects employees and visitors alike and makes us very sad.
With “Baby” we have lost a symbolic animal that represented its endangered conspecifics in South America and the shrinking of the tropical rainforest.”

That is why the rainforest and its rare animals will disappear! because of such predators, animal abusers, unscrupulous criminals who see both animals and nature as only means to their economic ends.

My best regards to all, Venus

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