2. She is the star of Dolphin Tale, your little sister’s favorite movie.
Starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.
3. As a young orphan, she was rescued off Florida’s east coast. A fisherman found her tangled in crab-pot lines and gravely injured.
A SeaWorld rescue van carted baby Winter to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which used to be a sewage plant. The CMA was small, hardly like the mega-aquariums in Orlando, and lacking resources. But a vet and trainer worked tirelessly to save the calf.
5. Her story made waves, and Winter became a Hollywood star! She even landed a sequel, due out next year.
6. But Winter shines most off-screen. She inspires kids who also wear prosthetic limbs.
Her message: it’s pretty awesome to be different.
11. Because so many tourists visit her home (and buy stuffed Winter dolls there), the aquarium is working to build her a cooler pad.
And maybe even a entirely new aquarium, according to local news.
12. Awash in this attention, she still performs her regular shows.
Like a boss.
16. Life can be wonderful even after tough breaks.
Winter is living proof.
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