- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Officials say a dolphin has been euthanized after becoming stranded in a Portsmouth creek.

News agencies report Portsmouth police spokeswoman Misty Holley says officers were alerted about the dolphin Wednesday afternoon after someone saw the animal circling in Scotts Creek, bobbing up and down.

Members of the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team responded to the scene, where they monitored the dolphin for several hours.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1XbHJPl ) reports that at one point, the animal beached itself and nearby residents on a boat pulled the dolphin to deeper water.

However, the dolphin beached itself again, and was assessed by the response team.

After determining the animal was in bad shape, officials decided to euthanize it.

A necropsy will be conducted to determine what led the animal to strand itself.

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