Requiem for a whale


It was that kind of day. Londoners getting all friendly and funny with each other but under it all a strange, nagging confusion over how it would turn out. At 7pm on the dot we realised it had turned out pretty badly, when, despite a frantic £100,000 rescue mission, something like half of London’s emergency services shivering all day in the Thames and messages of goodwill from around the world, London’s new best friend perished on a barge, swathed in rubber and lifting gear, near the end of the journey back to salt water. The trauma of the rescue and too many hours out of the water had led to fatal spasms.

It really is a heartbreaking story which occurred this weekend. I salute the Londoners who made every effort to help the animal; I only wish it had had a happier ending.


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