Ireland Nugent, who lost both her legs in a lawn mower accident, got to meet Winter the dolphin Saturday morning at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Winter gained fame because of its prosthetic tail and was featured in the movie, "Dolphin Tale."
The Nugent family had been planning for this day following the accident at their home in Palm Harbor. It took Ireland, 2, a little while to warm up to her new friend, but she eventually did. The little girl's mother, Nicole Nugent, said this was an important and inspirational experience for her daughter.
"Winter has such a vibrant life, can play and whistle and you can play games with her," she said. "It really lets [Ireland] know that she can still do the same things."
The dolphin's trainer said even she got caught up in the emotion of the day.
"It's very special for me as a mom to get to see a child light up at the prospect of seeing a dolphin that's so inspirational," said Cammie Zodrow.
Ireland is scheduled to receive her first set of prosthetic feet during the next two or three weeks.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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