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Second bottlenose dolphin dies at National Aquarium this year

THE BALTIMORE SUN

An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin has died at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the second dolphin death there this year.

Raven, a 4-year-old dolphin born at the aquarium, became ill June 4 and died within hours of showing symptoms, spokeswoman Jennifer Fiegl said yesterday.

Fiegl said news of his death was not released because the aquarium was awaiting more results of a necropsy, the animal equivalent of an autopsy.

"The early results show that he succumbed to a bacterial infection," Fiegl said.

Raven's death follows the euthanization of Bob, a bottlenose dolphin, in March. Bob, believed to be in his mid-20s, had been suffering from a lung infection for about six months.

The aquarium now has seven dolphins, including Raven's mother, Chesapeake. Fiegl said the remaining dolphins are in good health.

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