/ 14 July 2021

Kiwis on orca watch

A team of experts is working to reunite a baby orca with its pod after it was found stranded on a beach near Wellington on Sunday. Named Toa, meaning “brave” or “strong” in Maori, the baby is believed to be 4 to 6 months old. And because Toa wasn’t weaned, he’s being fed a special milk replacement formula and receiving plenty of massages. Planes are searching for the pod, and rescuers are optimistic about Toa’s chance of reuniting with his gang. “This started out as a local community thing, and then it soon spread New Zealand-wide, and now literally there’s a global rally to help this little guy,” Orca Research Trust founder Dr Ingrid Visser said. Fingers and fins crossed…

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