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Ebbing tide strands dugong


A hungry dugong was found crying for help on a beach in Trang province on Sunday after the tide ebbed and left it stranded.

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The animal was found on Laem To Chai beach by Libong villagers at around 7.30am. It is a 1.8-metres-long female weighing around 220 kilograms.

Chaiyapruek Veerawong, chief of the Koh Libong Wildlife No Hunting Area, reported that villager Lerd Yodsri came to him asking for help as he was unable to move the animal on his own.

When wildlife officials arrived, they found clumps of halophila and other types of seagrass, which they believe drew the dugong to shallow waters and left it stranded when the tide ebbed.

Lerd was awarded for his act of kindness so others can also be motivated to help save wildlife.

Published : October 19, 2020

By : The Nation