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The fate of the world’s most lonely dolphin

After years of living alone in a swimming pool at an abandoned aquarium, the Honey dolphins finally die in silence.

“The world’s loneliest dolphin” is the nickname that activists and animal lovers in the world give Honey, the dolphin living in a small swimming pool at the Inubosaki Marine Park in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture.

A video shot in October 2018 shows Honey dolphins alone in a tank. It barely moves across the water. At that time, Hai Duong park was closed for several months. Honey is one of the few remaining animals in this abandoned amusement park, along with a few penguins. Every few days, they are fed by an employee.

Honey burns her skin in the hot summer sun, stress and loneliness. A PETA representative wrote in 2018: “In a natural environment, dolphins swim and play with a herd in large spaces. But for Honey, her life is spent all day long floating in water tanks. being locked up alone, and having repetitive stereotypes – signs of stress in captive animals “.

Dolphin Project, an organization that protects dolphins, came out with Honey’s story in 2018 and is constantly fighting for the animal to retire in peace. In November 2018, this organization discovered that the management board of Inubosaki Marine Park fell into debt, urgently needing to sell all the facilities. In 2019, the entire park with Honey and other animals will be transferred to the new owner, according to the Kaisou Medical Center, the health care unit for the animals in the park.

In February 2020, the Dolphin Project once again contacted animal protection groups in Japan to agree on Honey’s fate. But the conversations ended a month later, at which point Honey was in dire straits. It can hardly live any longer.

After nearly two years in the pool alone, Honey died on March 29, 2020, according to the Dolphin Project. The story of Honey once caused a stir in international public opinion, but that also could not change the fate of the world’s loneliest dolphin.

“Honey’s plight attracted worldwide attention and created an animal rights movement in Japan. However, it still cannot escape the man-made environment it has endured all the time. Honey’s fate will remain a case in point for dolphins living in captivity for many years to come, ”writes the Dolphin Project.

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