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    Marineland mourning death of walrus

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland has announced the death of one of its walruses.

    The Niagara Falls theme park says its marine-mammal care team is mourning the passing of Sonja, who died suddenly late Thursday when the park closed.

    In a news release, Marineland said Sonja was under veterinary care for symptoms of an unknown illness, but her death came as a surprise.

    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 lawsuit accuses former trainer of plotting to steal walrus

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Marineland has sued former trainer Phil Demers for trespassing on the park’s property, claiming he also schemed to steal Smooshi the walrus.

    The $1.5 million suit against Demers, who worked as a senior marine mammal trainer, says he unlawfully stormed the park during a live stadium show on closing day last Oct. 7. Demers was with other activists, says the suit.

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    Marineland: At Niagara Falls attraction, it’s business as usual

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    From the Toronto Star:

    The crowd before her roars as Buttercup waddles onto the stage on this late Wednesday afternoon at Marineland’s King Waldorf’s Stadium. The centre of attention, the 900-kilogram walrus twists around and wags her flippers at her trainer’s call, sending people in the nearly packed bleachers clapping and cheering even louder for more.

    Despite a protest that saw some 400 people gather outside its gates just days before, business at the embattled Niagara Falls tourist spot was booming, as sunscreen-covered children and their parents flocked toward amusement rides and marine attractions.

    Vacationing in Ontario: Family trip to Niagara Falls proves all wet — in a good way (with video)

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    From the News-Herald (in northern Ohio):

    My oldest son, Nate, was dancing around his seat even before the dolphin, walrus and sea lion show officially began at the outdoor Marineland stadium.

    His enthusiasm paid off.

    The emcee chose 9-year-old Nate from the packed crowd and invited him on stage in the middle of the show to feed and pet the bottlenose dolphins.

    Marineland was our first stop and one of the highlights of our family’s four-day, early June trip to Niagara Falls, Canada.

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