Last captive killer whale born at SeaWorld dies aged just three months

Posted July 26, 2017

Vets at the San Antonio amusement park lost the battle to save three-month-old killer whale calf Kyara from a suspected infection. Theme park officials said Kyara died early Monday morning from a likely case of pneumonia. "As animal caregivers we dedicate our lives to these animals, and this loss will be felt throughout the entire SeaWorld family". Pneumonia, Kyara's cause of death, is reportedly common among whales who are born both in the wild and captivity.

A veterinary team will conduct a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.

The calf, named Kyara, succumbed to "some very serious and progressive health issues over the last week" at SeaWorld's park in San Antonio. She was separated from her mother, Takara, and placed in a tank at the animal hospital. She had been under 24-hour watch and had been hand fed to supplement her nutrition, according to SeaWorld.

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Kyara was born to 26-year-old Takara last April but was conceived before the program's end was announced.

SeaWorld has announced plans to introduce new "natural orca encounters" in place of theatrical shows. Tilikum died in January.

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In 2010 a trainer was killed by a killer whale in front of an audience and a documentary released in 2013 entitled Blackfish left many criticising the park.

The Human Society praised SeaWorld for its decision to end the breeding program, but pushed the park to make more changes, including ending similar programs for other captive animals.

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