Lolita, an orca held captive for more than half a century, died Friday at the Miami Seaquarium just a few months after plans were made to move her from the theme park back to her native waters in Washington state.
The Seaquarium posted a statement on social media from the nonprofit group Friends of Toki that Lolita — also known as Tokitae, or Toki — had started exhibiting serious signs of discomfort over the past two days.
Seaquarium and Friends of Toki medical team members began treating her immediately, but the 57-year-old orca died from an apparent renal condition, the statement said.
“Toki was an inspiration to all who had the fortune to
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