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    Moving home isn't too much of a problem if you know a good removal company.?

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    Moving home isn't too much of a problem if you know a good removal company. But it isn't so simple when you are killer whale. It isn't the home that moves, but you.

    SYNOPSIS: Ramu -- a 20 foot (6.50 metres) long killer whale -- has been living at a wildlife park near London. But the good food and fresh British air have increased his rate of growth. Keepers at the park feared that Ramu would soon grow too big for his pool and decided to find a new home for him at the famous "Sea World" in California, the United States. Moving day for ramu was Sunday (17 October) when a huge hoist was moved into the pool and the whale gradually coaxed and pushed onto it. Then it was out of the water and onto a lorry for a short journey to the airport. Ramu had to be oiled down before his journey and constantly watered to help maintain his body moisture. A whale can only survive for 18 hours away from its natural water home.

    An aircraft was chartered for the journey, specially equipped with a heavily padded cradle and water pumps. Flight stewards for Ramu were a team of vets. IN return for sending Ramu to the United States, the wildlife park near London will receive a 12 foot (3.70 metres) long mini whale and three chariot-riding dolphins. The park hope to get planning permission for a new and larger pool before their new whale grows too big.

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