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    Marineland disputes claim by activist that walrus is in ill health

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Phil Demers was disheartened when he was sent a video of Zeus, one of Marineland’s walruses last week.

    “He’s lost hundreds of pounds,” Demers said. “He should weigh up to 3,000 pounds. I’d be shocked if he weighed 1,000.”

    In the video in question, Zeus can be seen in what has become a rare appearance at the park. The 13-year-old walrus moves slowly for a few moments before settling near the edge of the water in the park’s show theatre…

    Marineland, meanwhile, said the concerns for Zeus’ health were unfounded and that like all of the park’s animals, it receives proper veterinary care.

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    Marineland dismisses rumours of orca’s death

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland says rumours that its lone killer whale died over the weekend was part of an “orchestrated” attack by animal rights activists.

    Without naming the group or individuals that started them, Marineland says “false allegations” were posted that Kiska – the only captive orca in Canada – had died. It came after several phone calls the park received inquiring about Kiska’s condition.

    “Repeated calls were made to Marineland’s information line by a number of individuals, all of whom demanded to know whether Kiska was still alive,” said a park spokesperson in an e-mailed response to The Review. “They were all assured that Kiska is fine and healthy.

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