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Orca Needs OK on Bill of Health

THE NATION

June 22, 2002|From Associated Press

SEATTLE — Scientists caring for an orphaned orca captured in Puget Sound are awaiting results from another set of medical tests before deciding when to move her to her home off British Columbia.

The Canadian government has said it will not allow the orca to be brought to Johnstone Strait near Vancouver Island if she has any communicable diseases.

The orca is being treated at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Manchester, west of Seattle.

Researchers believe the 2-year-old's pod left her behind after her mother died and she found her way into Puget Sound.

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