Troy Saville is about to head from Cambodia to Pakistan to try to save rare freshwater dolphins stranded by receding floodwaters.
Troy Saville is about to head from Cambodia to Pakistan to try to save rare freshwater dolphins stranded by receding floodwaters.

Coffs man on dolphin rescue

FORMER deputy manager of Coffs Harbour’s Pet Porpoise Pool Troy Saville and his wife, Verne, have been asked to supervise a World Wildlife Fund rescue program for rare dolphins in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s recent disastrous floods have not only been a catastrophe for the country’s human population but have swept fish and freshwater dolphins living in the country’s rivers out into the countryside, stranding them in creeks and small pools as the water recedes.

With the Pakistani government having its hands full trying to help vast numbers of displaced people and cope with terrorist activities, the World Wildlife Fund has accepted the responsibility for attempting to recover, treat and return to the river the surviving rare freshwater dolphins.

They are ‘cousins’ to the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins which Troy and Verne are attempting to save from extinction in Cambodia’s Mekong River.

Pet Porpoise Pool founder, Hec Goodall, has declined invitations to join the operation but is advising on procedure options.

He suggested using a cargo net slung beneath a helicopter.



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