Four dolphins imported from Ukraine for entertainment shows in the country have died in captivity. The dolphins were initially brought to Lahore by a private company along with two sea cats, which have now been sent back to Ukraine. The import permit for the dolphins and sea cats in Lahore was issued by the Punjab Wildlife Department.
A private company that had organised the dolphin show in Karachi had entered into an agreement with two companies from Russia and Ukraine to import the aquatic mammals in 2000, with two males and two female dolphins along with two sea cats eventually imported.
As the Covid-19 pandemic raged across the world, Pakistan also went into lockdown and entertainment venues were closed. However, the organisers claimed they continued to feed the dolphins daily and a foreign doctor was also present to ensure their well being, but the aquatic mammals died one after the other.
Source: Express Tribune