Hurricane-displaced animal receiving care

Moody Gardens® welcomed the arrival of a special guest, Toby the dolphin on Jan. 3. The juvenile dolphin is in Galveston for rehabilitation after being found stranded in Corpus Christi in late November. Moody Gardens® offered to accommodate Toby after a Galveston facility, which Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network uses to keep stranded animals, sustained considerable damage from Hurricane Ike.

“We are pleased to help [the network] in any way possible with rehabilitation of this animal,” said Animal Husbandry Manager Greg Whittaker, who expressed appreciation for the numerous Association of Zoos and Aquarium members who continue to support Moody Gardens® animals after the storm. “We know firsthand how important it is to help each other out in special situations like this.”

The bottlenose dolphin, estimated to be three to four years of age, was found on the Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi. It appears to have suffered from dehydration and a number of physical injuries including shark bites and rake marks from other dolphins. Since its arrival at Moody Gardens®, Toby has been eating well and keeping active in the water, according to TMMSN officials.

This is the second time Moody Gardens has partnered with the network, which rescues and rehabilitates stranded marine animals on the Texas Gulf Coast. Toby the dolphin was first treated at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi to stabilize its condition for transportation, and Moody Gardens® now provides a facility during its long-term rehabilitation. The stranded dolphin will be treated until it is ready to return to the wild.

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