A tire manufacturing company has come to the rescue of Fuji the dolphin, who was stricken by a mysterious life-threatening illness and lost her fin. She caught a disease that began to gradually rot her tail. The tail had to be amputated to save her life. For a while, the now 37-year old Fuji survived without a fin, but her lack of exercise and weight gain proved problematic. A friend of the handler's working at one of Japan's leading tire makers, Bridgestone Corporation, offered to make them an artificial tail fin for Fuji, the first of its kind in the world. The result was a tail fin 30 centimeters in length and 70 centimeters wide, a bit smaller than the tail of a healthy dolphin of Fuji's size. The resulting replacement fin has worked perfectly.

 

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