Lolita the killer whale closer to freedom with inclusion on endangered list

Emilio Cogliani

Decision could trigger a lawsuit by activists who want to fly the orca from Miami and prepare her for release into the wild

Lolita, a killer whale that has lived in a tank at Miami’s Seaquarium for 44 years, could move a step closer to freedom this week.

After decades of campaigning, animal rights activists hope US 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 7,000lbs (3.2-tonne) Lolita across the country and prepare her for release into the wild.

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from Environment | The Guardian http://ift.tt/18gKzfo

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