Dolphin Bites Girl At SeaWorld While Clueless Parents Film It (VIDEO)

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Reality bites! Yet another set of parents has learned that zoos are not Disney flicks and that animals with sharp teeth combined with children isn't perhaps the best idea in the world. An 8-year-old girl was bitten by a dolphin at SeaWorld as she fed it fish. Luckily, this episode of When Zoo Animals Attack (or rather -- Act Like Animals) didn't end tragically like the child who was killed by wild dogs in the zoo. That hasn't stopped the parents from kicking up a fuss though.

Jamie and Amy Thomas were visiting SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida with their daughter, Jillian. Jillian stands along a ledge with other adults and children, feeding fish to the dolphins, who jump up to snatch the food out of their hands. Already this seems like a disaster in the making.

The feeders are explicitly told not to pick up the dish which contains food, but Jillian does exactly that when she runs out of fish and grabs the dish to show it to her mother. No big surprise there. What kid is going to follow the rules when the excitement of feeding dolphins are involved? I bet a lot of adults forget this rule too. But it might have helped if, instead of spending their time filming and taking pictures, the parents had monitored the feeding.

Now the dolphin leaps out of the air and bites the dish -- and also the girl's hand. The teeth leaves a few puncture wounds. The kid is scared but not excessively injured. Dad hovers over her with the camera, insisting on filming the damage. She repeatedly says she doesn't want her hand filmed, and finally mom promises, "We won't show it to anyone." So of course they then upload the video to YouTube to "warn other parents" of the dangers of feeding dolphins. (Check out Dad's inflammatory language: He titles the video "Dolphin Attacks Girl" and introduces it with "A Scary Moment." Drama much?)

Well, if this keeps parents and kids away from feeding dolphins, I say great. They are kidnapped from the wild and forced into enslaved entertainment, in case you weren't aware (though SeaWorld counters that most of their dolphins were born there). Mom Amy Thomas told the Florida Sentinel:

I am such an overprotective parent that if I knew my child might get bitten, I would not have even let my daughter do this. But I felt safe. Everyone just imagines dolphins as smiling, non-biting animals with knobby teeth. You forget these are wild animals.

Er, welcome to reality, Amy. Dolphins are not cartoons. Maybe you and your family want to watch The Cove.
What do you think about this incident?

*Editor's Note: Jamie Thomas has taken down the original YouTube video mentioned in the post.
Image via YouTube

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hello... hellokd87

It seriously pisses me off when people get  upset when animals "attack". Anything that has teeth or even claws has the capability of "attacking" someone, something for that matter. Seriously, they need to hold orientations or scheduled & guided "feeding times" so park personnel can warn and monitor people feeding. Some people, like you mentioned in the article, can become overwhelmed and excited with feeding a "wild animal" that they forget safety precautions. I remember as a kid going to Sea World & my parents would advise me to throw the food in the water, but to make minimal contact where the animal had a chance to sink its teeth in. Ignorance I think is the issue. People forget that WE are taking animals out of THEIR natural habitats. THEY are being held captive in OUR world that was once theirs. They are NOT in THEIR natural habitat no matter how hard we humans try to emulate their homeland's surroundings.

Jenna... Jennasmom08

I am glad she was not seriously hurt, but she shouldn't have lifted the tray right up in front of the dolphin, it is suppost to stay on the side that slants down (where the dolphin can not see it). We have done this dolphin feeding many times and I have never seen anything like that.

Jenna... Jennasmom08

Sea World Orlando does have set feeding times and they keep you back from the water and explain how the feeding goes ahead of time. They only let in a certain number of people at a time and they do have staff walking around helping and monitoring the feedings.

lulou lulou

Caught the snipet of this on a morning show today, the mom was a little quick to butt in with what sounded like rehearsed answers.  The little girl actually appeared to be more of the sane one, worried about what could happen to the dolphin that bit her.

nonmember avatar Bill

It is aparrent from the footage that the girl was not 'attacked' as the irresponsible parents are implying.
The animal was just doing what comes natural If the dlphin had reallt wanted to take a bite,this story would be altogether different. The dolphin let go as oon as it realized it hand the girls hand. Shame on these parents for trying to demonize this animal.

Tashinha Tashinha

if they told her not to lift the dish, and she did it anyway, than its her own fault.

Megan Lee

Well...You let your small child feed an animal that's supposed to be in the wild, that's what you get.

Tanya Frey

WHen the signs say "DO NOT *insertstupidthing*" DON'T DO IT. Hungry animals know where thefood is and they want it.

jmama... jmama0307

I think it's bezzard. I went to SeaWorld in Aug 2012. We fed the dolphins and didn't even have a problem. They asked us the same not to raise the dish and just to leave it there and we did. I don't know some parents just don't know what to do when it comes to parenting and zoo and aqauriums. 

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