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Ranger Named Recovered Dolphin Arrives at Florida Keys Facility – CBS Miami


MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A rehabilitated juvenile bottlenose dolphin has become the newest resident of the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon.

Ranger, an orphaned male calf, was rescued in June 2021, after being found stranded in the waters around Goose Island State Park in Texas.

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The dolphin was found near its dead mother, suffering from a potential respiratory infection and dehydration and was taken to the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue Center for care.

At the age of two, the Ranger was considered too young to forage and survive in the wild, and the National Marine Fisheries Service selected the DRC as a permanent residence.

“We provide a sanctuary for any dolphin in need of a permanent home,” said Linda Erb, DRC vice president of animal care and training. “So when we adopt dolphins, they stay in our family forever.”

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“Now what happened to Ranger when he was stranded is they determined he couldn’t be released into the wild, he was too young, so they looked for a permanent home and we were one of the volunteer facilities,” says Erb.

“So Ranger is not eligible for release, and that’s what the government determines,” Erb said. “He is unlikely to survive in the wild. They determined that if they had returned him to the wild without family and friends helping him learn that skill, he would not have survived.”

“I’ve been with Ranger since he was rescued on June 18th [of 2021]so I was with him the whole time taking care of him, bringing him to his new home to work with humans, and so to witness the culmination of the whole rescue and recovery. His realization in his new permanent home made me quite emotional, but those were all happy emotions, very happy emotions,” said Zigmond.

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Rangers will slowly be introduced to other resident dolphin species and acclimatize to the facility’s dolphin lagoons in Florida Bay.



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