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Baby humpback thought yacht was its mother

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  • Aug. 18: In this frame grab taken from Channel Nine television, a lost humpback whale calf swims around a yacht in the Pittwater, north of Sydney Harbor. The calf seems to think the yacht is its mother and will likely die within days if it doesn't find another mother to adopt it, a wildlife official said.
  • Aug. 18: The lost humpback whale calf swims around a yacht in the Pittwater, a bay north of Sydney Harbor on Australia's southeastern coast.
  • Aug. 18: The lost humpback swims around the bow of the yacht anchored in the Pittwater, north of Sydney on Australia's southeastern coast.
  • Aug. 18: The humpback calf tries to nuzzle from a yacht in the Pittwater, an inlet north of Sydney on Australia's southeastern coast.
  • Aug. 20: In this photo released by NSW Parks and Wildlife, the lost humpback whale calf swims around a yacht in the Pittwater, north of Sydney Harbor. The calf seems to think the yachts are its mother and will likely die within days if it doesn't find another mother to adopt it. The 1- to 2-month-old calf was first sighted Sunday in waters off north Sydney, and on Monday tried to suckle from a yacht, which it would not leave. Rescuers towed the yacht out to sea, and the calf finally detached from the boat, but the creature returned to an inlet near Sydney Tuesday morning.
  • Aug. 20: The calf swims around the second yacht it's mistaken for its mother in the Pittwater, a coastal inlet north of Sydney, Australia.
  • Aug 20: The lost humpback calf swims in the Pittwater, an inlet north of Sydney on Australia's southeastern coast.
  • Aug. 22: An unidentified veterinarian from Taronga Zoo, left, prepares a syringe and sedative for the abandoned and lost baby humpback whale front, at the Pittwater near Sydney, Australia, before it was euthanized by officials from Parks and Wildlife Services.
  • Aug. 22: An unidentified veterinarian pats the baby humpback whale as it is given an injection of a sedative while being dragged to the shore at the Pittwater near Sydney, Australia.
  • Aug. 22: An unidentified veterinarian, center, from Taronga Zoo holds a syringe after giving a sedative to an abandoned and lost baby humpback whale near the Pittwater in Sydney, Australia.
  • Aug. 22: An official from Sea World watches a baby humpback whale as it is dragged to the shore at the Pittwater near Sydney, Australia, before it was euthanized by officials from Parks and Wildlife Services.
  • Aug. 22: Workers drag the abandoned and lost baby humpback whale at the Pittwater near Sydney, Australia, to be euthanized by officials from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
  • Aug. 22: An abandoned and lost baby humpback whale is dragged to shore at the Pittwater, about 20 miles north of Sydney, Australia. The whale calf that spent nearly a week bonding with boats in waters off north Sydney was euthanized by wildlife officials Friday after veterinarians determined it was too weak to survive on its own.
  • Aug. 22: The abandoned and lost baby humpback whale is seen under a tent after it was dragged to the shore at the Pittwater near Sydney, Australia, before it was euthanized by officials from Parks and Wildlife Services.
  • Aug. 22: Workers use a tent to cover the body of an abandoned and lost baby humpback whale at the Pittwater near Sydney, Australia, after it was euthanized by officials from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
  • Aug. 22: A worker walks along a breakwater carrying a large collar used to catch an abandoned and lost baby humpback whale at the Pittwater near Sydney, Australia.
  • Aug. 22: Police boats block access and viewing of the abandoned and lost baby humpback whale after it was dragged to the shore at the Pittwater near Sydney, Australia.
  • Aug. 22: Two men watch as the lost baby humpback whale, nicknamed 'Colin,' is dragged to the shore at the Pittwater, north of Sydney, Australia.

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