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An injured 13-foot-long baby whale remains lost in London’s Thames river after it slipped loose from rescuers

Summary List PlacementA 13-foot-long injured whale calf is missing hours after rescuers freed it from a lock in London's Thames river on Sunday. The young minke whale was freed from the Thames' Richmond Lock after it became stuck on boat rollers. A spokesperson for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution told The Guardian that the whale was "displaying concerning behaviors," and health officials were concerned it may be "unwell." But after the whale was brought to another location after the rescue, officials lost sight of it overnight, according to CNN. British Divers Marine Life Rescue team spokesperson Martin Garside told CNN that the whale was...

Rescue attempts are made as a small whale stranded in the River Thames is seen in this picture obtained from social media in London, Britain, May 9, 2021.

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A 13-foot-long injured whale calf is missing hours after rescuers freed it from a lock in London’s Thames river on Sunday.

The young minke whale was freed from the Thames’ Richmond Lock after it became stuck on boat rollers.

A spokesperson for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution told The Guardian that the whale was “displaying concerning behaviors,” and health officials were concerned it may be “unwell.”

But after the whale was brought to another location after the rescue, officials lost sight of it overnight, according to CNN.

Rescue personnel work to save a small whale stranded in the River Thames in this picture obtained via social media, in London, Britain, May 9, 2021.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue team spokesperson Martin Garside told CNN that the whale was brought to a main part of the Thames using an inflatable pontoon, but it “made its own decision” and swam into the main river alone.

“Where it is now, we don’t know,” Garside told CNN. “It slipped away in darkness as the tide rose last night.”

Rescuers are hoping to find the whale on Monday so they can evaluate its health condition.

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