Leonardo DiCaprio shares dugong Marium death
published : 25 Aug 2019 at 16:32
writer: Online Reporters
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has joined Thailand in the mourning of Marium, a young dugong who grabbed national attention before she died.
DiCaprio on Sunday shared a photo of Marium from the Washington Post on his leonardodicaprio Instagram account showing an official of the Marine and Coastal Resources Department feeding sea-grass to the eight-month-old dugong off Koh Libong in Trang province on May 23.
The AP photo was refiled after she died from shock and ingesting plastic waste on Aug 17 in a nursing tank on the island.
More than 1.4 million followers liked his Instagram post. The Hollywood actor has 34 million followers on Instagram, where he describes himself as an "actor and environmentalist".
DiCaprio also posted an Instagram two days ago on the Amazon rainforest battered by dozens of fires.
"Fires are a major issue for our rainforests and our planet," he wrote. "These fires are intensified by many factors, including the climate crisis and deforestation."
He has followed environmental issues around the world, including in Thailand.
Marium, the orphan dugong, became a darling for Thais as she was the first to be taken care of by humans in Thailand. Her life was broadcast by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
The department has launched a set of Marium Line stickers with proceeds going to improve the welfare of its volunteers and staff.
The dugong is also known as phayoon in Thailand.