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. Rare dolphin 'beaten to death' in Bangladesh

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Dhaka (AFP) Jan 29, 2008
An extremely rare river dolphin has been beaten to death by fishermen in southern Bangladesh, the state-run BSS news agency said Tuesday.

Fishermen at Mongla, near the Sunderbans mangrove forest, netted a Ganges river dolphin on Monday and beat it to death as they had not seen this kind of creature before, the report said.

A group then tried to sell it as a rare fish, before giving up and dumping it outside a museum.

The Sunderbans area straddles the borders of Bangladesh and India's West Bengal state and lies on the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta. According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are just 1,200-1,800 such dolphins alive.

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