TAMPA (AP) — A Tampa Bay area toddler whose feet were amputated after her father accidentally backed over her with a riding lawnmower had a special meeting with her hero.

Ireland Nugent, 2, has often been seen clutching a stuffed animal of Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, in her wheelchair since the April 11 accident. She even carried the toy with her when she left the hospital nearly a month after the accident.

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On Saturday, she got to meet the real Winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

She initially cried, but soon reached out and touched the mammal.

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Winter lost her tail to a crab trap and has become an ambassador to those who have lost limbs.

Ireland underwent seven surgeries and will be fitted for prosthetic feet in the coming weeks.

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