Recently, numerous typhoons and other weather disturbance are causing floods and landslides in some areas. Just like in this area in Southern Thailand.
Because of the flood in the area, a 440-pound Mekong Giant Catfish lost its way and was left stranded in shallow water more than two miles away from its home.
Catfishes are a diverse group of ray-finned fishes, named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat’s whiskers. The Mekong Giant Catfish is the world’s largest scaleless freshwater fish. The fish was nicknamed as the “Swamp King” as it was really a popular catch in the area.
The villagers worked together in trying to rescue the Catfish back to its habitat. They used a giant net to haul the catfish out of the shallow water and transported it back home via a motorbike trailer.
Some catfish can only survive outside the waters for a few minutes but the entire rescue operation took more than 6 hours. Luckily, the catfish was able to survive through those 6 long hours.
The Mekong Giant Catfish is now critically endangered. Overfishing and habitat destruction are the main threats in the survival of these wild species.
The villagers were really happy when they successfully returned the catfish to its habitat. Although their houses may be ruined too, just like what happened with that of the catfish, the villagers were still glad that they became an instrument in the return of the catfish to its rightful home.
Watch the video of the rescue operation below as uploaded by National Geographic: