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Save Lolita Stamp
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Published: July 30, 2013
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I put Save Lolita because I don't personally agree with freeing her but I think SOMETHING needs to be done. This stamp can be used for either side of the captivity dilemma. She is older and alone and I really think she needs to go to a better facility where she can have a friend (or more preferably) of her own kind along with more space and better care. I think some orcas are candidates for release but I don't believe others are. I am not pro or anti captivity but I feel that having the ability to let people get close to these amazing animals will in turn educate them and hopefully leave them loving the species. I am however completely against capturing orca from the wild. these are my beliefs and I do not wish to be bombarded with nasty comments so please keep captivity comments to yourself.

Lolita's tank: www.freewebs.com/let_toki_go_f… blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhit…

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srbarker's avatar
srbarker|Hobbyist Artist
This might be an unpopular opinion, but you know what I think is a good option for Lolita?

Send her to SeaWorld.

She'll have more space to swim around in, and there's also the fact that they've taken in orcas in the past whose owners didn't want or couldn't keep them anymore, or when they needed better medical treatment. (Examples: Corky, Bjossa, Splash, Tilikum, Kyuquot and Shouka)

Just saying. Lolita needs to get out of that fishbowl.
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EncounterEthereal's avatar

Something needs to happen for sure.

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cyberbones's avatar
cyberbones|Student General Artist
SO happy to see this! I went down to protest for Lolita's freedom last weekend.. and the weekend before..
Thank you for making this. 
Now that she has recently been listed as endangered, the seauarium is under so much lawsuit.
Soon enough, she will be be doing better - in either a bigger tank or in the ocean, change will be made. 
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EncounterEthereal's avatar
I'm so glad you like this! And you're welcome. Thank you for being there for those without voices of their own =)
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TheFieryHawk's avatar
TheFieryHawk|Student Traditional Artist
i feel that she needs to find either a different theme park where there are orcas or the ocean so that she can roam free and live
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EncounterEthereal's avatar
I think I agree with you on the first point, not so sure on the second but either way she needs a new home!
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grayorca's avatar
You raise a very good point of view those knowledgeable of her situation can defer to: the simple fact that, if rehab/release is an idea too far fetched for her, at least let her go to a facility with more space and same-species companionship. She's earned that much, putting up with her mediocre living conditions as long as she has.

I feel the same about Kiska and Kshamenk, and any other orcas who have lived in solitary confinement.
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EncounterEthereal's avatar
Well said! I was planning on making a stamp for Kshamenk and possibly Kiska too. =)
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grayorca's avatar
Kshamenk's probably the one best suited to being returned to the wild. If he's half as resilient in the wild, as he's had to be to put up with Mundo Marino, life in the ocean would be heaven by comparison.

Kiska - I feel about the same as I do Lolita, but on her own merits. She's been taken from her family in the wild, and her adopted captive family have all died off. If she and Lolita could be brought together at Marineland Ontario, it'd be a great thing. Even while Kiska had her problems with Ikaika, they still had to have had their good days.

But on the downside, with all the negative press Marineland's been getting, I highly doubt such an arrangement will ever come to pass. :hmm:
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I'd love to see Kshamenk, Lolita, and Kiska brought together.. somewhere (If release is not an option for any of them).

Maybe pulling the males out of Loro Parque and putting those three there would help not only the inbreeding happening, but the behavioral issues as well (having a couple mature adult females to maybe put the others in line). Who knows though. I just think there are quite a few orcas in needs of some help that are not getting it. Lolita and Kshamenk being the most important and dire cases. Kiska at least has a good sized tank as far as I can tell.
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TowaTheStallion45|Student Digital Artist
i Agree with *EarthEmerald!beautiful animal in a bad situation i love Orca Whales such beautiful animals and so very intelligent 
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EncounterEthereal's avatar
-claps- totally with you on that =)
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TowaTheStallion45|Student Digital Artist
Thanks i'm glad you do <3 BTW beautiful Artwork Impressive ^^
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EncounterEthereal's avatar
This piece was a borrowed picture, all I did was crop it and use a stamp template.. which I need to credit... -runs off to do so- Thank you though!
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EarthEmerald|Professional Photographer
I'm the same way. Neither pro nor anti captivity. But Lolita DOES deserve much better. So many decades without a companion is very bad for a creature who has such strong social bonds. And her tank being as small as it is, it's horrible. She's a beautiful animal in a bad situation. Nicely done :thumbsup:
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EncounterEthereal's avatar
I agree completely! Well said, and thank you =)

I plan on making one for Kshamenk too, maybe even Kiska.
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EarthEmerald's avatar
EarthEmerald|Professional Photographer
You should. They need to be rescued from their situation, at the very least go somewhere where they'll companionship.
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EncounterEthereal's avatar
I'm waiting on permission to use a picture of Kshamenk, I'll need to look for one of Kiska
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EarthEmerald|Professional Photographer
I always prefer seeing any animal in the wild first, but it can't always be so, and it maybe soon be the case where the only place we can see these animals is captivity. It will be sad if/when that day comes. My fiance and I enjoy going to SeaWorld and seeing the orcas and dolphins. But we always keep in mind that these are complex creatures that really deserve our respect as much as our admiration. Tilikum for us is a constant reminder of that.
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EncounterEthereal's avatar
Yes, I am against taking them from the wild anymore but the ones that are in captivity can serve as ambassadors. I believe it was Steve Irwin who said "to touch, is to be touched." meaning that to be able to be up close and person with an animal you normally would not be able to has you leave loving that animal and it's kind. You protect, what you love.
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TowaTheStallion45|Student Digital Artist
I agree with you beautiful animal in a bad situation i love Orca Whales such beautiful animals and so very intelligent 
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