Baby whale stuck in Thames will be euthanised 'to end its suffering'

A baby whale stuck in the River Thames since yesterday will be euthanised ‘to put an end to its suffering’, rescuers have said.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) said the Minke whale calf has ‘deteriorated rapidly’ over the past few hours and is unlikely to survive.

Julia Cable, of the BDMLR, said the whale is now completely stationary in the water up against a wall in the area of Teddington Lock.

She said the mammal is ‘as good as stranded’, adding: ‘It’s not really going to come down to a rescue now.

‘Its condition is deteriorating. It’s not acting the way it did last night.

‘It’s basically lost any energy that it had left in it.

‘It’s also got another stranding injury which along with ones from yesterday all adds up really.’

The BDMLR said in a statement: ‘Once the whale is beached a veterinary team will be on stand by to euthanise the animal to end its suffering, in the meantime the team will continue to do what they can to care for the animal under these sad circumstances.’

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