One day, a family was enjoying a vacation while on the shores of St. Lawrence River, Canada when they received an unexpected visitor
The young boys of the family were the first who stumbled across the newborn beluga whale washed up on the riverbank.
This caused 15-year-old Nicholas Milliard and his younger brothers, to scramble to save the life of the newborn calf who had recently lost her mother.
As they approached the whale, they noticed an umbilical cord still attached, indicating that this newborn was only hours old.
“We dug a hole so that water would accumulate and its skin would hydrate,” Milliard told CBC News.
“Every five minutes we got it a bucket of water. The water level was dropping, and it was becoming more and more difficult to get water.”
The family who is from Quebec managed to keep the baby beluga alive and healthy until help arrived.
It was researchers from the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) who arrived to move the baby back into the water.
She was placed next to another family of beluga whales in the hope that one of the females may be induced to feed her.
This baby who is just days, maybe hours old is in desperate need of a lactating mother to help give her a vital start in life.
The young calf’s survival is particularly important as the beluga population has been dwindling as of late, especially in the area.
Well done to the young boys, Nicholas Milliard and his younger brothers for helping this beautiful creature back to its home.