ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — A once hopeful tale of recue ended in tragedy at SeaWorld in Orlando.

A pilot whale that was rescued and found a home at SeaWorld after being part of a mass stranding in the Florida Keys eight years ago has died.

Officials at SeaWorld Orlando posted on its blog that the whale known as Fredi died Saturday.

A spokeswoman said in an email Sunday that Fredi had shown signs of appetite loss and was undergoing an aggressive anti-microbial treatment.

Fredi was part of a mass stranding of 23 pilot whales in 2011 near Cudjoe Key, Florida.

SeaWorld rescue team members spent two months in the Keys helping with rescue efforts along with other rescue organizations.

Fredi was deemed unable to be released back into the wild due to her young age and she found a home at SeaWorld Orlando.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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