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SeaWorld Dolphin Caught on Camera Biting Girl in Orlando: Report
NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Dec 2, 2012

Posted on 12/02/2012 2:35:09 PM PST by nickcarraway

Jillian Thomas’ father, Jamie Thomas, captured the Nov. 21 attack on video with images of his daughter’s face contorting with pain as the girl suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimes

An 8-year-old Atlanta girl and her family say they got the fright of their lives at SeaWorld Orlando last month when a dolphin lunged toward the girl and bit her hand.

Jillian Thomas’ father, Jamie Thomas, captured the Nov. 21 attack on video with images of his daughter’s face contorting with pain as the girl suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimes, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

The cuts are healing, the family was thankful the attack wasn’t worse. Still, the family posted the video online as a warning to other parents.

“The first thing I thought was I would have to jump in the water and save my daughter's life,” Jamie Thomas told the Orlando Sentinel. “I literally thought she was going to be pulled into the water.”

The girl was attacked while she was participating in the feeding at the dolphin cove, the newspaper reported.

She put the paper fish container up in the air to where the dolphin could grab it, which SeaWorld warns against. The child's mother said her daughter made a mistake and "you can't hold a minor responsible for that."

SeaWorld officials said in a statement they had not seen the video but are taking the matter seriously.

"Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our guests, employees and animals," the statement said. "Educators and animal care staff were at the attraction when this happened and immediately connected with the family."


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dolphins; florida; floriduh; marinebiology; maul; seaworld; themepark
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1 posted on 12/02/2012 2:35:20 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
The girl was attacked

Classic MSM twisting of facts in order to create a crisis where none exists..........

The kid wasn't "attacked", the fish merely went after the food on the plate she was holding in her hand........

And yes I said fish.........if it looks like a fish, swims like a fish and smells like a fish, it's a f'n fish!

2 posted on 12/02/2012 2:40:25 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I agree it didn’t look like an attack to me.

Even if it was, a dolphin is a wild animal and they bite sometimes.


3 posted on 12/02/2012 2:42:26 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

Attack ? LOL

That was lunch.... The girls hand got in the way...


4 posted on 12/02/2012 2:48:43 PM PST by JZoback
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To: nickcarraway

I remember when I was about that age at some acquaintance’s house. Their child and I were playing in swings. I was standing up. I also had part of a sandwich in my left hand. While I was swinging their dog jumped up and tried to get the sandwich. It missed and got the back part of my ear. It hurt some. The kid’s mother put some iodine and a bandaid on it. I survived. The dog survived.

Stuff happens, especially around animals.


5 posted on 12/02/2012 2:49:20 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: JZoback

Dolphin went: ptttthhhuuuuu. Tasted like huemannnn.


6 posted on 12/02/2012 2:50:33 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: nickcarraway

It looked to me that instead of tossing a whole fish like the young gentleman in front of her, she was flicking specks of fish at the dolphins.

Probably the dolphin got annoyed at being teased that way.


7 posted on 12/02/2012 2:50:39 PM PST by finnsheep
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To: nickcarraway

As an an attorney, I would gladly take on this case and represent the dolphin and sue the kid and her idiot parents for all they have.


8 posted on 12/02/2012 2:51:31 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: nickcarraway
Interesting to watch the video. The girl absentmindedly waves the food tray, and the dolphin grabs it from her hand. The Dad, perhaps sensing a big payout opportunity, tries to film the girl's hand. You can tell by the kid's tone of voice, she's embarrassed and really wants to forget the matter.
9 posted on 12/02/2012 2:54:11 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: OKRA2012

Don’t you think the park is at fault? They can’t expect the kid or the dolphin to act otherwise.


10 posted on 12/02/2012 2:55:20 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; Morgana
This post is about the mothers attitude and not a comment about the "attack" (a whale trying to eat a fish). OKAY?? I am posting this for the ninnies who try to take things out of context to have something to get mad about

She put the paper fish container up in the air to where the dolphin could grab it, which SeaWorld warns against. The child's mother said her daughter made a mistake and "you can't hold a minor responsible for that."

Seriously? This kid is going to be raised as another spoiled brat if mama doesn't expect the kid to obey her parents and follow the rules.

Has this kid ever been told "NO!"??

11 posted on 12/02/2012 2:57:26 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

I think the parents are at fault, they are responsible for the behavior of their children and making sure they follow the rules.


12 posted on 12/02/2012 3:00:35 PM PST by Mastador1
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To: Mastador1

If it were my business, I wouldn’t arrange for children to be in a position to be bitten by likely actions. Children and animals are unpredictable.


13 posted on 12/02/2012 3:03:05 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Hot Tabasco

My dog Buddy does that. He sees the treat and if you are not careful he takes half your finger with it.


14 posted on 12/02/2012 3:03:36 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nickcarraway

Candygram ...


15 posted on 12/02/2012 3:07:47 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Happy 10th FR birthday to meeeeeeeeee)
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16 posted on 12/02/2012 3:08:39 PM PST by JZoback
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To: nickcarraway

He showed more fight than the ones in Miami did today.


17 posted on 12/02/2012 3:09:44 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: GeronL

What do you think?

Parents today don’t parent.


18 posted on 12/02/2012 3:12:09 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
He sees the treat and if you are not careful he takes half your finger with it.

Is this when humans are by, or in the pool?
19 posted on 12/02/2012 3:12:09 PM PST by JSteff (ALL about SCOTUS tonight. We are DOOMED for a generation or more. Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: NonValueAdded

“Aww, ma’am, I’m just a dolphin.”


20 posted on 12/02/2012 3:14:09 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Don’t you think the park is at fault?

Obviously not but YOU DO?

21 posted on 12/02/2012 3:15:08 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: nickcarraway

I had a dog that loved to play fetch. But if you held the stick too long, she would take it from you. The problem is that she was totally focused on the stick. Small kids didn’t understand that, and would hold the stick too long. I had to take the stick away from a few over the years, because I was afraid the dog would go for the stick even if the kids fingers were in the way.

This dog would never knowingly hurt anyone, but when it came to p,ay, she was serious!

Pretty sure this was the case with the dolphin. There is a reason Sea World tells guests not to let the dolphins see the plate.


22 posted on 12/02/2012 3:16:58 PM PST by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: nickcarraway

On the one hand, as a parent, I don’t think I’d consent to the idea of my child feeding wild animals.

On the other hand, if I were there, and they had a program going, and it had been going on safely for years, I might think, “It must be safe, there are other kids doing it, their underwriters wouldn’t insure them if this was unusually dangerous.”


23 posted on 12/02/2012 3:17:18 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


24 posted on 12/02/2012 3:18:22 PM PST by Andy'smom
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To: nickcarraway

Neither the kid nor the parents were following the park’s instructions. The dolphin was just doing his job.


25 posted on 12/02/2012 3:21:12 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: nickcarraway
No, the park is not at fault. Jeb Bush is at fault.

(They have to get ready in case he runs in 2016.)

26 posted on 12/02/2012 3:22:25 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Hot Tabasco
The kid's new choice for tuna:

Cetuna! Now with extra dolphin!

27 posted on 12/02/2012 3:23:54 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: OKRA2012

Too bad they did not have a pyrannah tank.


28 posted on 12/02/2012 3:26:12 PM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: nickcarraway

Stupid, stupid, stupid!

Dolphins are trained by feeding, like any other animal; they don’t have degrees in human behavior.


29 posted on 12/02/2012 3:28:08 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Morgana

bump to that


30 posted on 12/02/2012 3:33:41 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

As a kid we would feed the deer at Deer Acres near Frankenmuth, Mich. I don’t know if its still there but I’m talking about the 1950’s. We never had problems but kids still need to be careful. Holding the food where the dolphin could get it wasn’t its fault but the parents. They needed to teach the child to keep the food from the vision of the dolphin until they were ready to feed it. The kids nowadays are not taught like we were growing up.


31 posted on 12/02/2012 3:40:24 PM PST by jrcats (Going Galt!)
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To: Morgana

I would add to that: parents today can’t parent, for fear of the almighty state.


32 posted on 12/02/2012 3:41:07 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: ican'tbelieveit

They don’t know how. They weren’t raised normally themselves


33 posted on 12/02/2012 3:42:11 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Dolphins aren’t fish. :-)


34 posted on 12/02/2012 3:43:16 PM PST by CityCenter (Compromise is the welcome mat to deception.)
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To: nickcarraway

Dolphins should be eaten and not displayed where innocent children can be attacked by them.


35 posted on 12/02/2012 3:49:07 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: GeronL

That is true. The children of baby boomers, or children of baby boomers children. Indulgence to the extreme.


36 posted on 12/02/2012 4:06:18 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: CityCenter
Dolphins aren’t fish. :-)

To repeat what I said in Post #2:

"And yes I said fish.........if it looks like a fish, swims like a fish and smells like a fish, it's a f'n fish!"

37 posted on 12/02/2012 4:07:03 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: editor-surveyor

agreed


38 posted on 12/02/2012 4:10:11 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: Hot Tabasco

That’s right! Be proud in your willful ignorance!


39 posted on 12/02/2012 4:12:30 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

that too....


40 posted on 12/02/2012 4:12:57 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

OMG Hillary is a fish or so Huma says she smells like one


41 posted on 12/02/2012 4:16:13 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: passionfruit
Your story reminds me of my BIL's dog, a German shepard named tiny. BIL's daughter, Tina, who was about 5, was holding a ball that was slightly bigger than a softball, holding it by the sides and standing in front of Tiny who obviously wanted to play. Tiny shot her head forward so fast it was hard to see the movement, grabbed the ball without touching Tina and stood there happy as a clam until Tina started crying, Tiny then dropped the ball and went up and licked Tina's face and then pushed the ball, with her nose, back over to Tina. One of the cutest things I ever saw.

When dogs want to play, they want to play:)

Animals do what they do. Sounds like the little girl in this article simply disregarded the rules and got bitten for her trouble.

42 posted on 12/02/2012 4:17:21 PM PST by calex59
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To: freedumb2003

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fish+heads+fish+heads+rolly+polly+fish+heads+original+video&oq=Fish+heads&gs_l=youtube.1.2.0l10.4798.8492.0.13058.10.8.0.2.2.0.502.1896.2j2j0j3j0j1.8.0...0.0...1ac.1.gQ4D-xgIjvg


43 posted on 12/02/2012 4:17:40 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: nickcarraway
The should have called the police so some lucky doughnut-eater could have added a dolphin notch to his Glock.
44 posted on 12/02/2012 4:18:31 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Labor unions are the Communist Party of the USA.)
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To: nickcarraway
If it were my business, I wouldn’t arrange for children to be in a position to be bitten by likely actions. Children and animals are unpredictable.

Wow. What a bleakly safe and timid world those children would think was "normal," and how averse to risk or adventure they'd be as adults.

Stuff happens. You pays your money and you takes your chances. The kid is fine, obviously.

Lighten up, Francis.

45 posted on 12/02/2012 4:18:47 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny

“likely actions” being those that are explicitly not allowed


46 posted on 12/02/2012 4:20:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Finny

Being bit by a dolphin isn’t scary. Being eviscerated by an attorney is very scary.


47 posted on 12/02/2012 4:24:29 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Mouton
Too bad they did not have a pyrannah tank.


48 posted on 12/02/2012 4:27:10 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: NonValueAdded
"Candygram ..."

LOLOLOL!!!!!!! {^)

49 posted on 12/02/2012 4:32:38 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: freedumb2003

Oh, that’s sick!!! {^) *Wiping away the tears, laughing*


50 posted on 12/02/2012 4:36:28 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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