Bufeos trapped in a river are the attraction of locals in Villa Tunari

Bufeos trapped in a river are the attraction of locals in Villa Tunari

Bufeos trapped in a river are the attraction of locals in Villa Tunari

April 21, 2024, 7:01 PM

April 21, 2024, 7:01 PM

A pair of bufeos or pink dolphins became the attraction of locals and visitors in the municipality of Villa Tunari (Tropic of Cochabamba) this weekend. According to reports, the animals were trapped in a river pool, which for now does not have enough water for them to leave that sector.

cetacean mammals They are so tame and friendly, they let themselves be touched by the people, who with cell phones in their hands record the pleasant moment. The clear water reveals their pink body, as they come and go around to be caressed by humans.

This is how they admire the bufeos or pink dolphins

Biologist Rosmery Ayala Lozada, from the Applied Research Institute of Aquatic Resources (Faunagua), told the newspaper Los Tiempos that a commission will travel to the Cochabambino tropics to see the conditions of this species in danger of extinction.

“We will verify how they have been trapped in that place, What are the causes and his current state of health, so far we only have videos that are spreading on social networks,” Ayala said.

For now, The pink dolphins must remain in place until they are rescued and transferred to deeper waters, since in that place their lives are in danger, as it is a dam for them, they cannot go out to look for food.

The bufeo was declared National Heritage of Bolivia

On September 18, 2012, the Plurinational State of Bolivia promulgated the Law 284, which declared the bufeo asNatural Heritage of Bolivia”, giving continuity to existing policies for the conservation of the country’s natural resources.

This freshwater cetacean is one of the largest river dolphins in Bolivia. They mostly live in the tributaries of the Beni department. Males can measure more than 2.50 meters long and weigh up to 200 kilograms, while females reach a size of 2.16 meters and a weight of up to 100 kilos.

In the departments where this species also exists, it is in the rivers of Santa Cruz and Pando, in addition to the tributaries of the Amazon.

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