Dolphin swims again after being stuck on Padre

November 28, 2008 6:23:35 AM PST
A bottle-nosed dolphin found stranded on a beach last week is swimming on his own now, but recovery could be a long ways away. Volunteers must hand-feed a 3- to 4-year-old dolphin found named Toby a week after he was stranded on Padre Island National Seashore. The dolphin was taken to a tank at Texas State Aquarium's Sea Lab and is under a 24-hour watch right now.

Toby was too exhausted to swim by himself when he first came to the tank. The dolphin had to be walked and helped around by volunteers to keep from drowning when he first arrived at the tank.

Aquarium curator Debbie Prevratil says Toby could be set free within months to a year if he is nursed back to health.

The dolphin is receiving fluids through gastric tubes and is taking stomach medications hidden inside fish it is being fed. Toby is also on antibiotics to prevent infection and veterinarians are running tests to determine what is wrong.

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