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A baby dugong who got lost off southern Thailand is being nurtured by marine experts in hopes that it can one day fend for itself.
The female dugong named Marium has become an internet hit in Thailand after images of marine biologists embracing and feeding it with milk and sea grass spread across social media.
Dugong - Species - Marine - Mammal - Feet
The dugong is a species of marine mammal which can grow to about 11 feet in length. Its conservation status is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Marium was spotted alone near a beach on Ko Poda island in Krabi province in April. Officials later tried to release her into a dugong habitat off the coast of another island but it swam away.
Vets - Volunteers - Day - Canoes - Marium
Vets and volunteers set out each day in canoes to locate Marium near the dugong habitat off Ko Libong island.
She does not swim with the herd and usually comes straight to them, then follows them into shallower water, where it is fed milk and sea grass, similar to her natural diet, for up to 15 times a day while also receiving health checks.
Marium - Caretakers - Bond - Humans
Marium's caretakers believe it has formed a bond with humans...
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