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'Free Willy' star swims closer to freedom

Keiko playing
Keiko plays in his Icelandic pen  

March 10, 1999
Web posted at: 10:47 p.m. EST (0347 GMT)

(CNN) -- Keiko, the famous killer whale, is learning how to catch his own dinner, a skill he will need before he can be set free in waters just south of the Arctic Circle.

Before he was flown there last fall, the star of the movie "Free Willy" spent 2 1/2 years in rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. He was liberated in 1995 from a cramped amusement park tank in Mexico City.

Watch this report to find out more about Keiko's progress.

VIDEO REPORT
CNN's Rusty Dornin checks in on the former film star's progress
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