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Thames whale: Injured minke calf dies after rescue attempt

An injured minke whale calf stranded in London’s River Thames has been put down by a vet.

The whale’s condition deteriorated and prospects for its survival diminished, Julia Cable, National Co-ordinator at British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said earlier.

"They're going to put the whale to sleep,” she said. “It's suffering quite badly, it has been for about the last 45 minutes.”

The minke, measuring between 10ft and 13ft long, had become trapped against the riverbank near Teddington.

Hundreds of people gathered at Richmond Lock and Weir on Sunday when the animal became stuck on teh lock’s boat rollers.

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