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Famed Dolphin’s Adoptive Mother Dies At Florida Aquarium

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(Source: SeaWorld)

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CLEARWATER (CBSMiami/AP) – Panama, the adoptive mother of Winter, the star of the film Dolphin Tale, has died at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Panama was close to 40-years-old when she died Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The average lifespan for a dolphin in the wild is about 25 years.

Aquarium officials say Panama had gone a few days with poor appetite, sluggish behavior and abnormal blood tests.

The bottlenose dolphin was the first friend and tank mate of Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail.

Panama was deaf when she was found stranded on a Panama City beach in 2000. She was rescued and sent to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2001. She and Winter shared a tank until Winter’s”sister” named Hope arrived in December 2010.

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