Veterinarians who sometimes have trouble diagnosing diseases because their
patients can't talk have never had a problem this big.
Doctors are racking their brains to treat Tina a 5-year-old, 500-kilogram
female white whale at Qingdao Polar Ocean World in this coastal city in East
China's Shandong Province.
Doctors examine Tina on January 1. The 5-year-old white whale, in Qingdao
Polar Ocean World, suffers from pus-filled lumps on her body and ulcerations on
her tail. Courtesy of Qingdao Polar Ocean World
Two pus-filled lumps
each 5 centimeters in diameter on her body and ulcerations on her tail fins have
made Tina suffer every day for more than a month. She has been in low spirits
and has no appetite, according to the theme park's animal keepers.
Doctors examine Tina on January 1.
The 5-year-old white whale, in Qingdao Polar Ocean World, suffers from
pus-filled lumps on her body and ulcerations on her tail. Courtesy of
Qingdao Polar Ocean World
"We are making every effort to cure her, though we have no such experience,"
said Liu Zhenguo, deputy general manager of the aquarium, which has four white
"We don't know what disease she suffers from. We hope experts from home or
abroad will join us in our efforts to save Tina."
The aquarium has opened a 24-hour hotline 532-8909-1811 to solicit opinions
on medical treatment. Local veterinarians have checked Tina several times,
giving her oral medicine and antibiotic injections.
Xu Ting, at Qingdao Seaside Charity Hospital, said it is still too early to
tell whether the illness is threatening her life.
"But she is getting thinner each day," Xu said.
Tina, who was imported from Russia in 2004, is a "priceless" addition to the
marine theme park, after more than two years of training, Liu said. The new
tourism season starts in May.
There are about 62,000 to 80,000 white whales in the world, living around the
North Pole. However, the number is decreasing due to commercial