Ocean Park’s Indo-Pacific dolphin, Cleo, one of its ‘key animal ambassadors’, dies of unknown illness

Ocean Park’s Indo-Pacific dolphin, Cleo, one of its ‘key animal ambassadors’, dies of unknown illness

The six-year-old, who did not perform at Ocean Theatre, had been unwell for a week

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Cleo was an Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, like these two.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

After a week of unexplained health problems, Ocean Park’s six-year-old dolphin, Cleo, died on Sunday.

The female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin had had no health problems before the illness, but she started to display a reduced appetite and high body temperature on April 18, so a vet started watching her, a spokeswoman said.

Despite attempts to save her, the dolphin’s health worsened on Friday and she died on Sunday. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

There are 22 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, or Tursiops aduncus, left at the park.

Cleo was born at Ocean Park in August 2012 and grew up in the park’s Marine Mammal Breeding and Research Centre, a facility known for its educational programmes for the public.

Cleo had not been performing at the park’s Ocean Theatre with the other dolphins.

Michael Boos, the executive director of zoological operations and conservation, said the park’s animal care team had provided all the treatment possible, but to no avail.

“As one of our key animal ambassadors, Cleo has helped to raise public awareness about dolphin and marine conservation, and she will be dearly missed,” Boos said.


 

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