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Whale Done Parenting by Chuck Tompkins, Thad Lacinak, Ken Blanchard

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CHAPTER TwelvePotty PartyPotty Training

“HOW DO YOU get the most feared predator in the ocean to give you a urine sample?”

Amy, Lorraine, and Steve, SeaWorld’s three new whale trainer trainees, looked at each other and shrugged.

Clint Jordan, who had asked the question, said, “Watch.” Walking to the edge of the pool, he gestured to Kusti. Immediately the animal swam over to him. At his hand signal, Kusti hiked himself up onto the slide-out area where the water was only six inches deep . . . on his side!

Clint said, “We need urine samples on a monthly basis for each whale’s health assessment. Before we trained the whales to give us a voluntary sample, it took a lot of time and effort to get one. We would have to drain the pool and put the whale ...

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