Louie, the only living dolphin collected off the coast of Louisiana after the worst oil spill in history, is doing great!
The young 2-year-old dolphin was found covered in oil with injuries sustained from another dolphin and an estimated 2% chance of survival.
He was transferred to the Audubon Aquatic Center in New Orleans where it took over 2 weeks for the little dolphin to show signs of improvement.
Louie was finally declared healthy after a 5-month period of rehabilitation which included 700 hours of care!
Michele Kelley, who oversees the rescue of stranded animals in Louisiana for the Audubon Aquatic Center, said:
"You cry. You shed tears. You put five months into this animal, his rehab and seeing him everyday and taking care of him. Then it's time for him to go and we know that it's the best thing for him."
Although healthy, it is still too risky to release the young dolphin into the wild, so he was transferred this week to the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys which cares for rescued dolphins.
We're happy to hear Louie, the only surviving dolphin out of 62 found off the coast of Louisiana since the oil spill, is healthy and on the fast track to a full recovery!