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After 44 years, Miami orca may edge closer to freedom

 Reuters 02 February 2019

Lolita, a killer whale that has lived in a tank at Miami's Seaquarium for 44 years, could move a step closer to freedom. After decades of campaigning, animal rights activists hope U.S. officials will include the orca on a list of endangered whales that frequent the waters where she was captured, off Washington State. That decision could trigger a lawsuit by activists who want to fly 7,000-pound (3.2-tonne) Lolita across the country and prepare her for release into the wild. But Officials at Miami Seaquarium say Lolita would not survive in the wild after so many years in captivity. (603 Words) - By Zachary Fagenson

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Lolita the Killer Whale is seen between shows at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami January 21, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

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Lolita the Killer Whale and a trainer perform during a show at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami January 21, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity


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