Now endangered, captive Florida orca clears a hurdle to freedom

February 4, 2015 11:02 PM

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MIAMI, Fla. (Reuters) - A push to free Lolita, a killer whale in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium for 44 years, inched forward on Wednesday when federal officials agreed to add her to the endangered species list.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Lolita belonged on the list along with her wild relatives. She was previously exempt due to her captive status.

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