CLEARWATER, Florida (WFLA) -Ireland Nugent, the 2-year-old girl who lost her feet and part of her legs in a lawnmower accident, was invited by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Saturday to visit Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail.
Initially, the toddler was apprehensive about the visit.
"She was a little scared at first when she got over her fear and started doing the hand motion and petting Winter and really lost the fear," said Nicole Nugent, Ireland's mother.
She and Jerry Nugent say the visit was important in showing Ireland she can overcome her injuries.
"Just for her to get to experience and to see Winter without her tail and still see that Winter has such a vibrant life, can play, and whistle and you can play games with her, really lets her know that she can still do the same things," said Nicole.