Dear Friends of Lolita,
Part of the excitement of watching Keiko's progress is watching various news media fall all over themselves to announce that Keiko will never be free.
It happened again yesterday. Another completely false AP story was picked up by the major networks and now 100 million people have heard "they have given up on getting Keiko to join other whales and are now looking for a permanent home for him."
Absolutely false, says Charles Vinick, Ocean Futures
vice president. KING 5 TV in Seattle says reports that Ocean Futures has given up on returning Keiko to the wild "are not true." There was a misunderstanding, says Vinick. "Keiko is making a lot of progress and the project to return him to the wild is far from over," he said.
Thanks go to Michael Harris of Orca Conservancy, who caught the bogus story and straightened it out, at least for the Seattle audience.
Please help distribute the corrected report. Thanks.