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Caregivers: Returning orca Lolita to Northwest is risky

Killer whale's return calls to mind the release of Keiko two decades ago

Trainer Marcia Hinton pets Lolita as she is out of the water for a performance.
Trainer Marcia Hinton pets Lolita, a captive orca whale, during a performance at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami in March 1995. A plan announced last week to return Lolita to her home waters in Washington’s Puget Sound thrilled those who have long advocated for her to be freed, but reminded others of Keiko, a freed killer orca who was unable to adapt to the wild and died. (Photo by Nuri Vallbona/Miami Herald)
By Gene Johnson Associated Press
SEATTLE — A plan announced last week to return Lolita, a killer whale held captive for more than a
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