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Free Willy Update

photograph from Nature story

(before 2003)

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The whale that starred in the movie Free Willy is not free. Keiko still lives in a large fish tank. He is healthier than when he was found in a Mexico City park.

When he was found, Keiko was out of shape and sick. Many people wanted to help save him. He now lives in Oregon.

The keepers of the whale want him to be healthy. Keiko eats up to 200 pounds of fish a day. He also does a lot of activities. They want him to start thinking for himself.

Keiko can do a lot of tricks. But they do not want people to watch him. The whale is trying to be stronger so he can one day live in the ocean. No one is sure if he could survive living in the sea.

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