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David W. Kenney dies at 77; SeaWorld's first veterinarian

David W. Kenney dies at 77; SeaWorld's first veterinarian

David W. Kenney, SeaWorld's first veterinarian, who played a key role in bringing the original Shamu to the San Diego amusement park as well as a gray whale believed to be the first raised by humans, died Feb. 14 in Montrose, Colo. He was 77. The cause was cancer, said his sister, Meredith Maler. Kenney was hired by the park a few weeks before its 1964 opening and over the next several years displayed an ingenuity and dedication that helped the fledgling tourist attraction build and maintain an impressive collection of marine animals. "Even after 50 years, we continue to learn amazing things about animals — their biology, physiology and behavior. Dr. Kenney played a...

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