Princess Sirivannavari adopts orphaned dugongs


Bangkok – Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari has adopted two orphaned dugongs under the Corals and Marine Animals Conservation project.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari has adopted and personally named the baby dugong found in Krabi province last weekend ’Yamil’, a Yawi word for handsome creature of the sea. The princess has also adopted the recently found juvenile dugong named Mariam.

Mariam has gradually recovered and black and white stains on her body, caused by stress, have begun to fade. Yamil, meanwhile has gained strength, though unexplained bruises remain on his body. The baby dugong is being cared for by veterinarians. The growing dugongs will need care for at least a year before they can return to the sea independently.

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources is to conduct a study on dugongs, as some have strayed and been swept ashore, in an effort to conserve them and raise public awareness of the value of marine creatures in Thailand. No fewer than 250 dugongs are estimated to be living currently in Thai waters, mostly off Trang province.