Singapore (dpa) – A Singapore marine park has responded to criticism of conditions there by denying that one of its top attractions, a pink dolphin, was being mistreated and confirming the animal was suffering from skin cancer, a news report said Monday.
“Health checks are conducted regularly and the results show that, apart from the cancer, which is being specifically treated, the dolphin is generally in good health,” a spokesperson for Underwater World Singapore (UWS) told local broadsheet The Straits Times.
A report released by Wildlife Watcher (Singapore) and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had said a female pink dolphin at the park had “a visible infection on top of her head and another distinct wound on the left side of her bottom jaw” that showed no sign of improvement between investigators’ visits in July and August.
The report was sent to both Haw Par Corp – the organisation that manages UWS – and Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) in early October.
AVA told The Straits Times that it had inspected the facility and found the dolphins’ condition to be satisfactory.