Care for orca calf found stranded near Wellington costs taxpayers $10,000

The cost of looking after baby orca Toa has so far cost taxpayers around $10,000.

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The young calf needing round the clock care since becoming separated from its mother at Plimmerton, north of Wellington, eight days ago. Source: 1 NEWS

The figure does not include the cost for Department of Conservation staffing.

The young calf needs round-the-clock care after becoming separated from his mother in Plimmerton, north of the capital, eight days ago.

Toa is currently being cared for in a pen near a wharf at Hongoeka after he was found by a teenager stranded and struggling in a rock pool.

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