By the time rescuers discovered the small pilot whale last week, he was floating in a canal in Thailand and barely clinging to life.
They jumped into the shallow waters to cradle his weak body, and attached buoys to his fins to keep him afloat. Others opened up umbrellas to give shelter to the animal and the veterinarians who raced to save him as he lay gasping in the heat.
Rescuers rallied around the whale for five full days, hoping he would pull through. But it was too late.