Family Mad After Dolphin Bites Girl at SeaWorld
But spokeswoman says 8-year-old broke the rules
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2012 4:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – An Atlanta family is at odds with SeaWorld today after a playful dolphin leaped up and bit the family's 8-year-old girl on the hand, CNN reports. The Thomases say they posted a video of Jillian being bitten in Orlando, Fla., because they weren't satisfied with SeaWorld's response to the incident. "We felt powerless," says Jillian's dad. "We thought, look, we've got this video, let's make it public, and let's try to put some pressure on SeaWorld to make some changes."

In the November 21 video, you can see Jillian feeding dolphins from a paper plate when she mistakenly picked up the plate—against SeaWorld instructions—and the dolphin momentarily bit her. "I was thinking it was going to haul me into the water," says Jillian. What's more, her mother says, SeaWorld staffers never offered a Band-Aid or told them to look for signs of infection. But a SeaWorld spokeswoman says health staffers "quickly responded" to Jillian, who had been given "specific instructions to not pick up the paper trays at any time."

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knoxx
Dec 5, 2012 10:24 AM CST
"We felt powerless," says Jillian's dad. "We thought, look, we've got this video, let's make it public, and let's try to put some pressure on SeaWorld to make some changes." Like what? Not let your brat feed the dolphins anymore? isnt that what YOU wnated to do in the first place? I think its more like: "We felt powerless," says Jillian's dad. "We thought, look, we've got this video, let's make some money" In the November 21 video, you can see Jillian feeding dolphins from a paper plate when she mistakenly picked up the plate—against SeaWorld instructions—and the dolphin momentarily bit her. against SeaWorld instructions - and we have video evidence that she did not follow specific instructions. maybe if your kids is that stupid leave her at home next family outing. "SeaWorld staffers never offered a Band-Aid or told them to look for signs of infection" I see where she gets her stupidness from, if you need to be told to look for signs of infection after a wild animal bites you. You dont cary bandaids around with you? theres no first aid anywhere on site? you couldnt ask for a bandaid? this is whats wrong with the world today - people are dumb, lazy and ignorant. Please if you are that stupid - do us all a favour and keep your family outings to the Walmart!
cognitivefilter
Dec 5, 2012 10:16 AM CST
point for dolphins, set them all free.
HANKHILL
Dec 5, 2012 9:37 AM CST
dumb way to get your 15min. shame on you for using an 8year old child to do it!