BREAKING: Whale put down after becoming stranded in River Thames

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A young minke whale that became stranded in the River Thames has been put down.

A vet euthanised the animal after it became “very distressed” and was seen trapped against the riverbank near Teddington in south west London.

Rescuers had previously said it was unlikely the animal, which was between 3m (10ft) and 4m (13m) long, would survive and make it back to the sea.

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