Orphaned Bottlenose Dolphin New "Sister" for Winter!
Wonderful Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail has a new "sister." The baby, as yet unnamed, will eventually share the large tank with Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida.
This little one was found next to her dead mother on December 11, 2010 near Titusville, Florida. She was about two months old. She was very hungry but certainly in better shape than Winter, who had lost her tail to a crabtrap line.
The baby dolphin was immediately taken to the Aquarium, which is her new home. Eventually, she will be in the same tank as Winter. It is thought the two dolphins will bond well, as their history is extremely similar. Both were orphaned at a very early age, and both have bonded strongly with humans.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is having real success with saving abandoned baby dolphins, a daunting, and usually futile, task. Their trainers are schooled in the care of these youngsters, and it is working!
So now, instead of the baby dolphin's being hungry, she is fed twenty times a day! She's a growing girl and is ready to show the world that she, like Winter before her, can be not only a survivor, but a champion for all wildlife.
Video of the New Baby Dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium