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Ocean Park Saddened to Announce Loss of a Bottlenose Dolphin


Ocean Park is saddened to announce the loss of a 6-year-old female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin Cleo, which had been under care at the Marine Mammal Breeding and Research Centre since mid-April.
Since 18 April, Cleo has shown signs of sickness including reduced appetite and high body temperature, and has been placed under close observation by the Park’s animal care and veterinary team. She had undergone various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Unfortunately, Cleo’s health deteriorated since last Friday and succumbed to her conditions today. A necropsy will be conducted to investigate the cause of death. 

Michael Boos, Executive Director of Zoological Operations & Conservation of Ocean Park, said, “Our animal care team have provided all the husbandry and veterinary treatment we could for Cleo, and we are deeply saddened that this unfortunate outcome could not be avoided despite our extensive efforts. Cleo was born in Ocean Park in August 2012, and was involved in the Park’s educational tours to help spreading conservation messages to students and the public. As one of our key animal ambassadors, Cleo has helped to raise public awareness about dolphin and marine conservation, and she will be dearly missed.” 

The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department was notified of the incident.