This highly intelligent, endangered animal hasn't had an opportunity to socialize or interact with other members of her species since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, died of a brain aneurysm after reportedly ramming his head into the side of the tank, in what many believe to be a desperate attempt to break out of the tank—or even commit suicide.
In nature, where Lolita's mother still thrives at more than 80 years of age, orcas live in tight family units, with bonds that may last a lifetime. At the Seaquarium, Lolita has no choice but to float in place or swim in endless circles in a tiny barren cement tank that doesn't even meet minimum federal standards and also offers no protection from the burning sun—all apparent violations of the Animal Welfare Act and Endangered Species Act.
PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Orca Network, and two concerned individuals have notified the Miami Seaquarium of their intent to sue, as required by the ESA, and seek Lolita's freedom from the facility. Lolita could be released to a sea pen in her native waters for rehabilitation and to live out the remainder of her days near her family in as natural of a setting as possible.
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