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2 items from 2002

Lifeline for Frozen 'Free Willy' Star

17 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star killer whale Keiko has been given a lifeline in his bid to survive the winter off the coast of Norway after refusing to leave the icy waters with a school of whales. The Free Willy star was released into the wild off the coast of Iceland two months ago, but was discovered swimming solo off the coast of western Norway last month. At first, it was feared the whale would have to be put down rather than suffer through the winter, but now whale experts have created a special bay for Keiko, and plan to feed him there throughout the winter, and then hopefully integrate him again into the wild next year. »

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Keiko in Trouble

5 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Killer whale film star Keiko will be put to sleep if marine experts can't find a way of keeping the Free Willy star at sea. The whale was released to the wild in Iceland earlier this summer but now he's washed up off the coast of western Norway after returning to land. Whale experts fear he'll face a painful winter and die a cruel death if he can't be persuaded to migrate with a school of mammals that have adopted him. So they are preparing to allow Keiko to die painlessly. Experts fear the whale is too used to being fed by man and when food is in short supply at sea, he simply heads for the shore. »

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