Thames whale: Injured minke calf dies after rescue attempt

An injured minke whale calf stranded in London’s River Thames has been put down by a vet.

The whale’s condition deteriorated and prospects for its survival diminished, Julia Cable, National Co-ordinator at British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said earlier.

“They’re going to put the whale to sleep,” she said. “It’s suffering quite badly, it has been for about the last 45 minutes.”

The whale had become trapped against the riverbank near Teddington.

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