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J Vet Med Sci. 2007 Mar;69(3):325-7.

Aspiration pneumonia as a cause of neonatal death in three captive bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates).

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Department of Veterinary Pathology, Tottori University, Japan.


Neonatal weakness of calves is one of the common reproductive-related problems in captive cetaceans; clinical signs can be observed in the first few hours after delivery. Three 3-day-old bottlenose dolphins died with history of weakness since birth. Pathological study demonstrated purulent bronchopneumonia associated with prominent bacterial colonies and foreign substances in alveoli, suggesting aspiration pneumonia as a cause of neonatal weakness and resultant death of the three calves.

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