An endangered orca is sick and starving. Biologists are racing to find it

An endangered orca is sick and starving. Biologists are racing to find it

An ailing and emaciated orca named Scarlet could get food and antibiotics soon -- if biologists can find her before it's too late. Scarlet is among a group of endangered, rapidly dwindling Southern Resident killer whales that frequent the Pacific Northwest. US biologists are racing to find the underweight 3-year-old animal to administer antibiotics either through food or by injection, but she could be dead or in Canada.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said its effort will involve shooting antibiotics in the orca to aid with recovery and using a local tribe to feed them fish that has medicine, a rare practice that has not been tried in the wild before.

"Responders from NOAA Fisheries and partner organizations are exploring options ranging from no intervention to providing medical treatment, potentially delivered in a live chinook salmon, which has never before been attempted in the wild. Potential treatment may include medication and nutrition," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. NOAA coordinator Teri Rowles said while they don't know what kind of infection Scarlet has, they are concerned about it.

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