A dolphin was beaten to death by a group of men who used sticks and sticks to beat the helpless animal in a brutal attack in India.
The alarming incident, which took place on December 31, was filmed in Uttar Pradesh in the far north of the country.
The footage shows at least three men beating the critically endangered freshwater river dolphin Ganges while a man buttoned up the animal.
The dolphin struggles to break free, but is powerless against the group of men as blood pours from his body.
Towards the end of the 30-second clip, the dolphin appears to show several signs of life from the brutal attack.
“You’re attacking him for no reason,” a man could be heard saying, according to NDTV.
An employee of the forest department, who responded to a call about the incident, found that the animal was lying lifeless next to the Sharda Sahayak canal.
The official said the dolphin had received multiple injuries, including ax wounds. The villagers reportedly did not want to reveal how he died.
Three men have since been arrested after the video went viral on social media, the Pratapgar police department said.
In November, the gutted carcass of an endangered freshwater dolphin was found in a river sanctuary in Bangladesh, prompting wildlife officials to fear a jump in poaching during the country’s coronavirus blockade.
Residents of the city of Raojan noticed the body of the dolphin from the Ganges River on the banks of the Halda River, AFP reported. It contained a deep incision from neck to tail.
Poachers appear to have gutted the 62-inch animal by removing layers of body fat, a product used in local traditional medicine, Abdullah al-Mamun, a fisherman in Bangladesh, told AFP.
The Ganges dolphin is critically endangered. According to the World Wildlife Fund, between 1,200 and 1,800 Ganges dolphins remain in the wild in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.
Concerns about poaching during coronavirus blockade have been raised by wildlife in countries around the world.
Attempts at poaching have increased in Kaziranga National Park in India, which is home to the largest population of unicorns in the world, during the blockade of the country, AFP reported.
There has also been a jump in the killing of other animals in India, with poachers targeting endangered Indian gazelles, peacocks and other species, according to Hindu times.