Body Found in Killer Whale Pool
ORLANDO -- The nude body of a SeaWorld visitor was pulled early yesterday from a killer whale pool, where he had apparently gone swimming with one of the black-and-white orcas after the park had closed.
The man's body was found draped over a killer whale named Tillikum. His swimming suit was discovered elsewhere in the tank.
The man's identity and the cause of death were not immediately disclosed.
"There was no obvious signs of trauma," sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said. "He was not chewed up. He could have been pulled under by the whale's vortex, or the whale may have considered him a toy."
Tillikum is the largest killer whale in captivity at 11,000 pounds and is considered dangerous. In 1991 a trainer in Canada was killed after he fell into a pool with Tillikum and two other killer whales and was dragged under water.
Tillikum is not trained to interact with humans and is used in shows to splash water on park guests, said Victor Abbey, SeaWorld executive vice president and general manager.
Parolee Sought in Attack on Teens
FREMONT, Calif. -- Police mounted a manhunt for a man accused of attacking two teenage girls with a knife and gun just two days after he was released on parole from California's San Quentin state prison.
The victims, ages 15 and 18, were listed in critical condition in a hospital. Both were treated for more than 15 stab wounds, and one had been shot in the face, authorities said.
Police said the girls were forced to drive to a bank machine Monday to make a cash withdrawal, and then were taken to a remote canyon where they were shot, stabbed and left in a ditch. They were later found by passing bicyclists, and their car was found abandoned.
Authorities said Donald Paul Gatson, 22, was released from San Quentin on Saturday after serving time for possession of stolen property.
10-Ounce Baby Loses Fight for Life
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A girl born last month weighing only 10 ounces -- who got the nickname "Mighty Mo" for her fighting spirit -- lost her struggle for life.
The infant, born June 12, died early Monday at Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital.
The girl and her twin sister were born three months premature. Her sister weighed 2 pounds, 10.5 ounces, and was listed in fair condition.
At the parents' request, officials at Legacy Emanuel wouldn't reveal the baby's name. Doctors nicknamed her Mighty Mo because they compared her fighting spirit to the historic battleship USS Missouri.
The Guinness Book of World Records says the smallest baby to survive is a 9.9-ounce girl born in 1989 in Maywood, Ill.
Patrick Lewallen, chief of neonatology at Legacy Emanuel, said in most cases, an infant of Mighty Mo's weight would have died within an hour or two of birth. But because she had been gestating for 28 weeks, she had developed enough to have a chance.