Case Study: Free Willy! Maybe?

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 15 Jan 1995 16:03:05

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15-Jan-95 08:38 am Regular  International
 
FREE WILLY WHALE IS US BOUND
 
 
   Newport, Oregon, Jan 14 AFP - The ailing whale that had the
starring role in the film Free Willy is being brought back to the
United States from Mexico after money was raised to build him a new
home.
   Keiko, a seven-metre, 3.5 tonne killer whale, is currently ailing
in a marine park pool in Mexico where it is said to have infected
skin and is losing weight.
   But more than $US5 ($NZ7.86) million has been collected and a new
whale home is to be built in the form of a 7.5 million litre tank
for Keiko at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
   Earth Island Institute, the San Francisco organisation behind the
money collection, said all that remains is for the deal to be
signed.
   More money will be raised in connection with Free Willy 2: The
Adventure Home which is due for release in July.
   Warner Bros, and New Regency Productions both donated $US2
million as did an anonymous donor from Washington state.
   The first Free Willy, was a box-office smash in 1993, telling the
tale of a friendship between a small boy and the huge whale which is
being cooped up in an over-small water tank.
 
 
AFP ams