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Dolphins released into wild in global first

  • Date:
  • 11/05/12

Today, Friday 11 May, Misha and Tom became the first bottlenose dolphins living in captivity to be re-released into the wild.

Following a campaign by the Born Free Foundation in 2010, backed by celebrities Amanda Holden and Helen Worth and with support from Thomson and First Choice, Misha and Tom were rescued from a tiny, dirty dolphin enclosure in Hisaronu, Turkey.

Dolphins released into wild in global first

Today, Friday 11 May, Misha and Tom became the first bottlenose dolphins living in captivity to be re-released into the wild.

Following a campaign by the Born Free Foundation in 2010, backed by celebrities Amanda Holden and Helen Worth and with support from Thomson and First Choice, Misha and Tom were rescued from a tiny, dirty dolphin enclosure in Hisaronu, Turkey.

Since their rescue, the dolphins have been cared for as they prepare for release into the wild, helped by donations from Thomson and First Choice customers on board Thomson Airways flights. The money raised has gone towards food and equipment used to help teach the dolphins how to care for themselves after their release.

This morning, in a global first, they were released into the Aegean sea and will now be carefully tracked by Born Free marine biologists, who will monitor their whereabouts as they embark on what all hope will prove a successful rehabilitation into the wild.

Helen Worth, who plays Gale Platt in soap Coronation Street, said:

“I am honoured to be involved with this project and being out in Turkey to witness this historical moment has been such a fantastic experience. Thanks to money raised by Thomson Airways customers, Tom and Misha have a real chance of living a normal, healthy life in the wild – which is what the Born Free Foundation strives for through the work it carries out worldwide.”

Carl Gissing, Director of Customer Service for Thomson Airways, said:

“Having supported the Born Free Foundation for many years, we’re extremely proud to have been involved in this ground-breaking project. We’re committed to achieving best practice in animal welfare throughout all the destinations we operate to and encouraging our customers to support sustainable tourism by donating to causes such as these is part of our broader sustainable development strategy. We congratulate our friends at Born Free for their fantastic work over the last eighteen months.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

For further information and images of Tom and Misha please contact Claire Borgeat on 01582 648629

For information on Tom and Misha’s progress in the wild and other Born Free Foundation projects please visit http://www.bornfree.org.uk/

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