A bottlenose dolphin named Honey has passed away after it was abandoned in a small pool at the Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium, near Tokyo, Japan. Numerous other animals, including 46 penguins and hundreds of fish and reptiles were also left alone at the park, but the condition of all of the other animals is unknown.
Surprisingly, this abandonment is not related to the coronavirus pandemic, as many would expect. Sadly, this animal was abandoned in the park with many other critters in 2018. One employee was said to be tasked with feeding the animals since the park closed, but for the most part, the animals were in total isolation, and after a while, the employee stopped returning to the park to feed the animals.
Before its closure, the Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium was financially struggling for years, starting with the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which led to a nuclear disaster. The park was repurchased in 2018, and new management made attempts to open it back up, but for some reason, there were still not enough visitors to pay the bills, so the new era of the park was short-lived.
According to an animal rights group called, "The Dolphin Project," this problem is more widespread than people believe. The group has reported that all over the world, dolphins are abandoned in similar situations, where they are abandoned because they are no longer making money for their owners.
The Dolphin Project does its best to rescue as many of these animals as possible, and they made attempts to rescue Honey, but unfortunately, the animal passed away before they were able to arrange a deal with the former park owners.
The terrible conditions that the animals were kept in at the park were blasted by animal rights groups like PETA, who said that the dolphin was forced to live a miserable life all the way up until the time she passed away.