A British marine mammal charity is leading the fight to rescue bottle nosed dolphins kept as a tourist attraction in the subterranean swimming pool of a hotel. The stressed and lonely creatures at the Best Western Paradise Hotel Dilijian - not far from the Armenian capital of Yerevan - see little natural light or hear other creatures. They swim endless laps of the pool built originally to accommodate human guests and are offered up as a dubious form of 'therapy' to 'cure' sick children. The hotel operators promise that children suffering from a range of illnesses - from autism to delayed development and even cancer - benefit from swimming with the creatures in their underground aquatic prison.
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