Updated: August 18, 2019 6:46:30 pm
Young baby dugong Mariam, who melted hearts online with her recovery, and became a symbol of conservation in Thailand succumbed to her infections exacerbated by bits of plastics lining her stomach on Saturday, AFP reported. The ocean mammal died after going into shock and efforts to resuscitate her failed. Mariam’s veterinarian, Nantarika Chansue shared her autopsy on his Facebook revealing inflammation and gas build-up in the animals’ stomach. Her death was also announced on the Facebook page of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
Mariam’s treatment and recoveries were documented and shared to the world by The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Thailand which soon went viral to garner her the status of nation’s “beloved”. Netizens all over the world mourned the death of beloved Mariam and posted concern over marine life and ocean conservation. Take a look at the reactions:
a baby dugong #marium got lost in the sea & separated with her mom, her family classified “vulnerable to extinction” if that not sad enough, today we lost her & it was because of us, the most selfish creators in this planet. it is time now to be better, to try hearder? 😔 pic.twitter.com/QCi1xXY6oY
— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@meisafool) August 17, 2019
Saying “goodbye” is not easy
– Words can’t express how saddened we are (to hear about the loss)
– You will remain in our hearts forever
– You’ll be missed
– You’ll always be in our hearts♥️
– You were a beautiful much-loved young dugong/sea cow#มาเรียม
— นุ่น – English AfterNoonz (@Eng_afternoonz) August 17, 2019
Why return a human-nurtured baby dugong to the ocean.
— Thomas Christopher (@ThomasCP518) August 17, 2019
— Always in the house. (@AllenR53142532) August 16, 2019
— FSE_Research (@FSEFacultyRese1) August 17, 2019
this is so sad :( please stop using plastic 🌎
— itisha kaushik (@itishaaaa1) August 17, 2019
The plastic was from the chicoms, God dam them.
— michaelsullivan (@spikeuberss) August 17, 2019
ban plastics now
— 𝙎𝙩𝙚𝙫𝙚 𝙎𝙪𝙣 © (@Stephen_T_Sun) August 17, 2019
This is so sad. 😏
— Shya R. (@purpLe_shya21) August 17, 2019
According to AFP, Mariam washed up in the shallow waters off southwestern Thailand months ago, and was in a nursing tank, cared by a team of veterinarians and marine experts.
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