05 September 2005

South Africa: Much-loved dolphin Kani dies at uShaka Marine World

uShaka Marine World has been dealt a major blow with the death of one of its dolphins. The staff are mourning the death of beloved Vukani, who died on Friday after a long illness.

Kani, as he was popularly known, was one of the first dolphins born at Sea World and was the first son of the world-famous Gambit.

The 16-year-old dolphin, whose name means "Arise", is believed to have died of natural causes.

Judy Mann, Director of Sea World at uShaka, described Kani as a very gentle dolphin who was always eager to please. "Sea World is deeply saddened by the loss of this very special dolphin who enjoyed a strong bond with his trainers," she said.

But Sea World spokesperson Ann Kunz reassured uShaka visitors that the dolphin performances would not be affected by Kani's death.

"We have three sets of dolphins, so there will be no setbacks," she said.

An autopsy was being done to determine the cause of his death.

"Kani was always quick at taking the cue from his trainers. The dolphinarium staff are in mourning and it is a sad time for everyone," she said.

One-and-a-half-year-old dolphin Ingelosi was likely to replace Kani.

Source: www.iol.co.za


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