Baby animals are supposed to take their time and grow before being independent. Just like humans, they also need to learn how life goes and how they can survive. But that’s not the case for this baby dolphin at the Varna Dolphinarium in Varna.
Earlier this month, a nine-day-old dolphin died during a live performance at the water park. According to Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, the baby dolphin died as a result of being overworked. Bisser Lyubenov, one of the people watching the performance said, “There was a disturbance, the dolphins stopped playing and performing tricks.” After that, he said that people were asked to leave.
|Photo Credit: BTV2 (via Unilad)|
However, the water park denied that the tragic event happened during a live show and in front of children. A report from the Mirror, a British national daily tabloid newspaper, claimed that dolphins there are forced to perform four times a day. This is not the first time that the dolphinarium encountered an issue like this. Over the past five years, six animals – five dolphins and one seal – have died at the park. This sparked concerns for the safety of the animals at the facility.
According to Tsvetan Stanev, a biologist who works at the tourist attraction, mothers and their calves shouldn’t be separated so the babies can take part in the show. “A baby dolphin taking part in performances nine days after it was born – this has never happened in this dolphinarium,” he said. Yavor Gechev, from the animal protection organization Four Paws, stated that this issue showed that the water park’s conditions don’t meet even the minimal standards for keeping such animals. “The animals are struggling there, they are not surviving,” he said.
|Photo Credit: Amanda Viajando on Youtube (via Mirror)|
Gechev added that lawmakers need to start to consider banning or limiting the existing performances with dolphins. People on social media expressed their outrage regarding the issue. They have launched a petition calling for the closure of the park.