23 Mar '11, 3pm

Dolphin rescued from field in #Japan. Apparently he was deposited 2km inland by the #tsunami.

Dolphin rescued from field in #Japan. Apparently he was deposited 2km inland by the #tsunami.

Ryo Taira rescused a young finless porpoise from a flooded rice paddy. -- PHOTO: AFP OSAKA - JAPANESE animal rescue volunteers saved a porpoise from a rice field after it was washed two kilometres inland by the March 11 tsunami, the Asahi daily reported Wednesday. Ryo Taira and his group were in the devastated area around Sendai rescuing cats and dogs when they received a phone call that took them a while to comprehend, the mass-circulation daily said in an online report. 'There's a dolphin in the rice fields!' said the caller, Masayuki Sato, 55, confusing the baby porpoise with the similar-looking sea mammal. The volunteers rushed the site at nearby Ishinomaki, where they saw the animal - a finless porpoise or 'sunameli' (Neophocaena phocaenoides) - wriggling in a flooded rice field. They made a stretcher from car parts and a futon mattress they found in the tsunami wreck...

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