NEW YORK, N.Y. (WGGB) — A frightening sight captured on camera as a little girl, who loves dolphins – having fun – feeding one at SeaWorld – when suddenly the friendly-looking animal attacks her.
Eight-year-old Jillian Thomas says it is her dream to one day become a dolphin trainer, but a recent visit to SeaWorld’s dolphin cove exhibit may change her mind
The encounter, which was caught on tape by Jillian’s father, shows an excited Jillian hold up her paper tray and move it away from the pool – something that SeaWorld warns guests not to do.
The dolphin lunges for her hand, leaving behind puncture wounds.
Jillian’s parents say while they are not planning legal action against the park, they feel that SeaWorld downplayed the incident.
In a statement to ABC News, SeaWorld says, “Educators and animal care staff are always on-site at this area. [they] were at the attraction when this happened and immediately connected with the family…Our guests are given clear instructions on how to feed the dolphins in an appropriate and safe way.”
Jillian, along with her parents Amy and Jamie, sat down with ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas Monday and recalled that afternoon. Watch that interview right here on wggb.com