The dolphin was seen struggling in the flooded field by a local farmer, who contacted Ryo Taira, a pet store owner who had been going around rescuing animals left homeless or injured after the March 11 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the giant tsunami that followed.
Taira told reporters that they just had to do something to save the baby animal, so he waded into the field and picked up the four foot dolphin and carried him out of the rice patty. The dolphin was weak, but still alive, so they wrapped it up in wet towels and took it to the ocean to let it go free.
Taira said the dolphin immediately perked up after they put it into the water and swam away. He added that even if he didn’t know if the animal would survive, at least it had a better chance than it did when it was stuck in the rice patty.
The rescue of the baby dolphin was only one such rescue of animals hurt or abandoned in the disaster. Three animal rescue organizations have banded together to form the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue group which has dedicated itself to promoting the rescue and adoption of animals during the country’s recovery.