Wednesday, January 05, 2005

What's Wrong With This Picture?

I wasn't planning on blogging this much today (really), but when Reuters and the Associated Press insist on dropping gifts like this on my virtual doorstep, it's awfully hard to resist.

Thai Rescuers Save Trapped Dolphin, Calf Missing

Wed Jan 5, 9:00 AM ET Top Stories - Reuters

KHAO LAK, Thailand (Reuters) - Rescuers have saved a dolphin swept over a Thai beach by the tsunami that devastated shores around the Indian Ocean, but failed on Wednesday to find her calf in a filthy lake left behind by the giant wave.

After two days of bickering between Thai and foreign experts over how to save the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, the adult animal was finally plucked from the lake in a net and released into the sea more than 1 km (1,100 yards) away.

"She swam away like a rocket. It was fantastic," said animal rescue expert Edwin Wiek. "I thought she was going to be a lot weaker."

Now, I'm not saying the Thai authorities have their priorities all screwed up here (yes, I am) , BUT...

Some 5,246 people died when the tsunami hit the Thai coastline, 8,457 were injured and 3,720 are missing.

More than 12,000 people in their country are listed as injured or missing, and they spend TWO DAYS, and what limited manpower and resources they DO have saving ONE FRIGGIN' DOLPHIN? So nice to see all those American dollars being used in such a prudent manner.