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Veterinarians treating dugong pup, hope for recovery

By The Nation




A veterinarian team was removing the remaining partially digested sea grass from three-month-old dugong pup Yamil’s stomach on Thursday to prevent complications including infection.


The pup is still suffering from excess stomach and intestinal gas, abnormal heart rhythms and occasional seizures, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said, also calling on the public to lend their support for the baby dugong’s recovery. 


As X-ray results showed liquid food could still pass through Yamil’s digestive track, veterinarians were removing the remaining sea grass from its stomach and would provide the marine animal with liquid nutrients and minerals, as well as painkillers and antibiotics, the department said, adding that the veterinarians were keeping a close watch on the pup. 


The male baby dugong was found washed ashore on Krabi’s Bo Muang Beach on July 1 with abrasions on more than 50 per cent of its body. It has been placed in the care of Thai authorities and is presently in a closed pool at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre pending recovery and possible release into the sea later.


Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375188



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Baby dugong ‘Yamil’ dies




Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources reports that Yamil, the baby dugong found stranded in the southern province of Krabi on July 1st, died of shock and cardiac arrest at 9.35pm today (Thursday) after suffering indigestion and gastroparesis over the past few days.


A Facebook post by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said Yamil was sent from Phuket Marine Biological Centre to Wachira Hospital in Phuket at about 6pm on Thursday for an endoscopy to observe its gastrointestinal tract, which was found to be full of sea grass, its normal food.


According to the post, however, the sea grass had obstructed Yamil’s gut, causing its digestive system to stop functioning. This resulted in a buildup of gas in the digestive system, leading to the rupture of blood vessels and infection.


Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/baby-dugong-yamil-dies/


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