SeaWorld's Killer Whale Makes Splashy Return to Stage, Gets Thunderous Ovation

Thunderous applause greeted SeaWorld's Tilikum today as the killer whale returned to the theme park's big stage, 13 months after grabbing trainer Dawn Brancheau by her ponytail and killing her. SeaWorld officials would not specify what safety precautions were instituted, but some appeared to be obvious. Steel bars blocked the whales from the main stage and female trainers wore their hair in high buns. Trainers also stayed out of the water and off the stages during Tilikum's performance. When...Full Story
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