LA PAZ – A total of 19 dolphins of a unique species endemic to eastern Bolivia were rescued from a river clogged with mud and other debris generated by deforestation in the area, the Santa Cruz regional government said.
The pink dolphins, known locally as “bufeos,” are in the process of being moved from the Paila River to the Grande River, where they will be released in an environment suitable for protecting the species.
The biologists undertaking the task expected to find nine dolphins but instead found 22, of which 19 have been rescued up to now.
This unique species of dolphin is genetically different from those in the Orinoco and the Amazon, biologist Mariana Escobar, who took part in the operation, said.
The area where the dolphins were trapped will be declared a protected area to stop further damage to its flora and fauna, Santa Cruz Gov. Ruben Costas, who helped out with the rescue, said. EFE