Vietnamese village tries to save stranded whale, but fears time is running out

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 A whale is being rescued in the central province of Quang Nam. Photo credit: NLD
People in a fishing village in the central province of Quang Nam have been working around the clock over the past three days to save a stranded whale weighing more than 300 kilograms.
The mammal, which is about 3.2 meters long, was found on the beach of Tinh Thuy Village on Thursday afternoon, newspaper Nguoi Lao Dong reported on Friday.
It quoted fishermen as saying that they attempted to bring it back to the sea many times, but it kept returning to the shore.
They ended up digging a big hole around it and took turn to fill it with seawater.
 A villager fills the makeshift tank that locals dug right on the beach. Photo credit: NLD
Villagers say they do not have high hopes for the whale, which many Vietnamese consider a holy creature that brings them good luck.
One of them told the newspaper that the whale had lost most of its energy when being found, and based on past experience the mammal would die in three days after being discovered.
Locals will contribute money to organize a funeral for the whale and build a grave for it, he said.
It was the third whale to be discovered on the beach of Tinh Thuy Village over the past decade, according to the news report.

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