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Hollywood star’s post of tragic Thai dugong draws a million likes

Aug 25. 2019
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By The Nation

Leonardo Dicaprio, Hollywood star and Instagram celebrity last night posted the story of baby dugong in Thailand which died after ingesting plastic.

“A beloved baby marine mammal in Thailand has died after consuming plastic and experiencing shock,” he wrote in his instagram post, referring to Thai officials’ announcement on Saturday of the death of the dugong.

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“The young dugong, a relative of the manatee, was named Mariam after marine biologists discovered her orphaned and lost in April in southern Thailand,” he added, citing an Associated Press news report.

“Soon, she captured hearts around the world as a video of her nuzzling up against her caretakers circulated on the Internet,” he wrote alongside a touchy-feely image captured by AP’s Sirachai Arunrugstichai. 

By 11.20 Sunday morning, the post had drawn about one million likes and 13,000 comments. 

Local news media in Thailand including The Nation covered the tragedy of the dugong in Gulf of Thailand, which is known to be severely contaminated by plastic waste. The story is likely to raise awareness of plastic usage in the kingdom of Thailand and the rest of the world.

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