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Whale stranded in River Thames put down after failed rescue bid

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A minke whale stranded in the River Thames has been put down after it acme "very distressed," a Port of London Authority spokesman said.

The whale was first spotted at Richmond Lock and Weir on Saturday May 9 before it swam upstream and became trapped against the riverbank near Teddington, south west London.

The London Fire Brigade, a Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) crew, and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, were then all drafted in to free the animal, which was achieved in the morning of Monday May 10.

Sadly, a vet was called to euthanise the create after it became "very distressed."

It had previously been reported the animal, which was between 3m (10ft) and 4m (13m) long, would survive and make it back to sea.

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