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PO395 - Cupid

 

Species: Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
Age Class: Juvenile
Gender: Male
Date of Stranding: February 14, 2003
Location of Stranding: Quintana Beach, Brazoria County, TX
Duration of care at TMMSN:
Final Disposition: Transferred February 17, 2004 to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California
PO395 - Cupid

PO395 Cupid, a young male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), stranded alive at Quintana Beach in Brazoria County, Texas on Valentine's Day February 14, 2003. He was 6 ft 1 in long and 158 lbs at stranding and was estimated to be roughly 1 1/2 years of age. Although Cupid was successfully rehabilitated, he was deemed non-releasable by the National Marine Fisheries (NMFS) due to his young age and an epileptic condition. After a year in the care of the TMMSN, he was flown to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, FL on February 16, 2004. He is visited from time to time by volunteers and is reported to be doing well.

 

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CUPID'S STRANDING, RESCUE, AND FIRST DAYS OF SUPPORT:
Cupid's rescuer, Christoper Cruse, kept him cool and comfortable as he waited for the TMMSN to arrive. He was driven to TMMSN's Galveston rehabilitation facility where he was supported in-water by volunteers until he was strong enough to swim on his own.

 

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CUPID'S DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES:
During Cupid's year in rehabilitation with the TMMSN, he underwent several diagnostic procedures including, ultrasounds, x-rays, and blood draws.

 

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CUPID'S TOYS:
Cupid was an active, playful dolphin who spent much of his time in rehab playing with a variety of fun toys provided for his enrichment and mental stimulation.

 

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GENERAL REHABILITATION PHOTOS:


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CUPID'S NEW HOME:
On February 16, Cupid was flown to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (then Marine World) in Vallejo, CA on a FedEx plane. He was introduced to another young dolphin named Brandy and the two became fast friends! TMMSN State Coordinator, Heidi Watts visited Cupid in August 2006, bringing back many great photos and reporting that he is still doing well. More recently, Cupid was introduced to Shouka, a female killer whale!

 

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Click here for a slideshow of more great photos of Cupid in his new home!