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Thursday 17 April 2014

Video: Girl bitten by dolphin at SeaWorld in Florida

AN eight-year-old girl has been bitten by a dolphin during feeding time at SeaWorld in Orlando.

Jillian Thomas was feeding fish to dolphins in SeaWorld, Orlando, when one of the mammals grabbed her arm.

Her parents were videoing the girl at the time and subsequently posted the video on YouTube.

It shows the moment the dolphin lunges for a fish and nips her hand.

The eight-year-old received three small puncture wounds to her hand after the incident on November 21.

Her parents said that they wanted to "share this video so others can make an informed decision about whether or not the risks to yourself or your child are worth the experience.”

Her father Jamie added they wanted to "put some pressure on SeaWorld to make some changes."

In a statement, SeaWorld said: "Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our guests employees and animals.

"Educators and animal care staff are always on-site at this area monitoring all interactions and are committed to guest safety."

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