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Aug. 8, 2011, 12:01 p.m.
Nipper the dolphin calf

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Nipper

This baby river dolphin was discovered along a beach in Uruguay by three boys in November 2010. The boys rescued the dolphin, whom they named Dulphi, which translates to "Nipper" in English, and the days-old little boy was transported to SOS Rescate Fauna Marina for urgent medical care. Nipper had net marks on his body, still had an attached umbilical cord and was in acute respiratory failure when he reached the wildlife sanctuary. Nipper was fed a special formula every three hours — a mixture of fish, cream, cereal, water, vitamins and oral rehydration salts — to replace his mother's milk, and volunteers cared for the tiny creature 24 hours a day.

Unfortunately, the baby dolphin died 12 days later of complications from hypothermia and respiratory failure, but his memory lives on. Rescuers say that Nipper's story united the world and that he served as a tiny ambassador for all dolphins who succumb to the perils of fishing.