The tragic scene happened during a live exhibition in the city of Varna on the Bulgarian Black ocean earlier this month, BTV Novinite reports. One spectator, Bisser Lyubenov, told the publication, as per the BBC: ‘There was a disturbance, the dolphins stopped playing and performing tricks,’ adding that visitors were then asked to leave.
Visitors could see the body of the baby dolphin from the parks bistro, as indicated by another witness’ account. But the dolphinarium has denied that the demise occurred during a live show and in front of kids, as announced by observers. Tsvetan Stanev, a researcher who works at the tourist’s attraction, said the child and its mom had been separated from different dolphins since the calf’s birth.
According to BBC: You can’t have a mother leaving its child in order to take part in the show. This can happen about six months after birth. A baby dolphin taking part in performances nine days after it was born – this has never happened in this dolphinarium.
Since news of the devastating incident broke on social media, outraged animal lovers have launched a petition calling for the closure of the park.
Yavor Gechev, from the animal protection organization Four Paws said: This means categorically that conditions don’t meet even the minimal standards for keeping such animals. The animals are struggling there, they are not surviving. If shows involving sea lions are allowed to happen, this will be hell for the animals. Lawmakers need to change the way they think and consider banning or limiting the existing performances with dolphins instead.