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Spaniel helps her owner save stranded 'dolphin' calf.

A DOG helped save the life of a baby "dolphin" when she spotted the stricken creature on a Welsh beach.

Two-year-old springer spaniel Leia alerted her owner, Rich Wilcock, to the sea mammal that had washed up on the Criccieth shoreline.

Mr Wilcock said: "I was taking pictures and videos of the scenery when Leia started to make a right old fuss. She kept coming up to me, barking and nudging me, she must have smelt the dolphin from a mile off. At first I thought it was a baby shark, it was only about one and a half foot, but on a closer inspection I could see the blow hole on top of his head and realised it was a dolphin.

"There was nobody around for miles so I lifted him gently under the belly and popped him back among the waves and he swam away into deeper water.

"I stayed for an hour or so to make sure he made it back out to sea."

A spokesman for the Seawatch foundation, who believed the animal may have been a juvenile porpoise, said: "With the strong winds we are getting it is quite possible he just got blown out of the way and stranded. It's great to see people (and dogs!) helping out wildlife."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 8, 2015
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