Shedd Veterinarian Helps Relocate Bolivian River Dolphins

By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Scientists have given physical exams to Bolivian river dolphins, and a veterinarian from the Shedd Aquarium was part of that historic venture that saved the mammals from a shrinking habitat.

Bolivia is where Dr. Julie Sheldon from the Shedd Aquarium joined colleagues from other institutions.

Bolivian river dolphins are very different from ocean dolphins.

Bolivian river dolphins are now an endangered species. Sheldon and her team managed to move six from a lake that is shrinking to the Rio Grande River.

She says the plan is to try return all the dolphins to the river. The team was able to put satellite tracking devices on three dolphins.