GALVESTON, Texas—Donley, the young dolphin rescued from a Texas beach in November, is looking for a permanent home.
The National Marine Fisheries Service reviewed Donley’s stranding, as well as his developmental, medical and behavioral history, and determined that he is a non-releasable animal.
Officials said Donley’s young age, partial maternal dependence and circumstances surrounding his stranding make his chances for survival in the wild unlikely.
Donley was found on a beach in Port Aransas with various rake marks from other dolphins on Nov. 3.
He was transported to the TMMSN facility in Galveston, where he’s been recovering ever since.
The TMMSN has requested that Donley be placed with other animals as soon as possible to address his social requirements and for long-term care.
Facilities interested in caring for Donley will be evaluated and chosen carefully.
The TMMSN said while they’re finding a new home and arranging transportation, Donley will remain in rehabilitation.
If you would like to help with Donley’s rehabilitation with a donation of money or supplies, visit the TMMSN’s Web site.
The TMMSN asks anyone who finds a stranded dolphin or whale to not push them back in the water. Instead, call the Dolphin Rescue Team’s emergency hotline at 1-800-9MAMMAL.