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#1 Old 06-26-2007, 01:00 PM
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Deaf dolphin's 5-day-old calf dies

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NEW: Calf dies after developing breathing problems

Mother dolphin was found stranded off Vero Beach, Florida

Researchers had set up "chat line" to help calf learn to vocalize

The mother, named Castaway, is deaf and cannot properly vocalize

KEY LARGO, Florida (AP) -- The newborn calf of a deaf bottlenose dolphin that was found stranded last fall off a Florida beach died Friday at a marine mammal rehabilitation center.

Veterinarians and volunteers had noticed Thursday that the 5-day-old calf's breathing was labored and it was struggling to swim. They stayed through the night nursing it and administering drugs, said Robert Lingenfelser, president of the Marine Mammal Conservancy

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Aww, that's so sad.
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