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Mirage Dolphins Relocated to Sea World

Posted on: February 14, 2023, 06:14h. 

Final up to date on: February 14, 2023, 06:15h.

Three of the six remaining dolphins at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Backyard and Dolphin Habitat on the Mirage have been relocated to Sea World San Diego, based on a workers memo from Mirage president Joe Lupo.

Extra precisely, Karli, Sofi, and Osborne had been returned  to Sea World. The San Diego aquatic theme park loaned the dolphins to the Mirage a number of years in the past, based on Lupo’s memo.

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Bottlenose dolphins carry out ticks at Sea World San Diego, new residence of three of the previous Mirage dolphins. (Picture: SeaWorld)

When the Seminole Tribe of Florida bought the Mirage from MGM Resorts Worldwide final December, a complete of seven dolphins remained within the habitat. They included Duchess, the final of the 5 unique dolphins that opened the habitat in 1990. In January, Duchess turned the fourth Mirage dolphin to die in a yr. She was 48.

In September, an 11-year-old Mirage bottlenose named K2 died of a suspected respiratory sickness. The identical suspected explanation for demise was given earlier that very same month for a 19-year-old bottlenose named Maverick. In April 2022, a 13-year-old bottleneck named Bella succumbed to gastroenteritis.

In November, the Mirage introduced that Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Backyard and Dolphin Habitat was completely closing. The property introduced that the attraction’s dolphins, white tigers, white lions, and leopards had been to be cared for by “well-trained, extremely revered animal care professionals and veterinary specialists.”

Because the common Mirage attraction opened in 1990, 14 dolphins have died from numerous causes and at completely different ages. Animal rights activists declare the variety of dolphins that died on the Mirage was truly increased.

Animal Rights Activists Applauded Closure

Information concerning the attraction’s closure was applauded by the animal rights group Folks for the Moral Therapy of Animals (PETA).

“Large cats belong within the jungle, not behind bars in a on line casino sideshow, and a desert isn’t any place for a dolphin,” Brittany Peet, normal counsel for captive animal legislation enforcement for the PETA Basis, mentioned in an announcement.

PETA inspired Laborious Rock to usher in its new animal-free period by discovering respected new properties for the massive cats and dealing to get the dolphins to a seaside sanctuary the place they may have extra pure lives in spacious habitats, removed from the lights and noise of the Strip,” final yr’s assertion mentioned.

In response to Lupo’s memo, properties had been nonetheless being hunted for the three remaining Mirage dolphins. The Mirage’s tigers and lions, which have been a part of the resort for some 30 years, stay on the property. Lupo reported that these animals “are being relocated” elsewhere, although he didn’t point out whether or not properties had been discovered but.