Last orca calf born in captivity at SeaWorld park dies

Posted July 26, 2017

Pneumonia, Kyara's cause of death, is reportedly common among whales who are born both in the wild and captivity. "From late evenings to early morning, no matter what, we devote our lives to these creatures, and this misfortune will be felt all through the whole SeaWorld family". And in early 2016 SeaWorld announced they would stop their breeding program, though they still keep and display several orcas in the parks. A SeaWorld news release says veterinarians were treating the calf for an infection last weekend, but Kyara's health continued to decline.

Kyara last killer whale born in captivity at SeaWorldA post-mortem examination has been scheduled to determine the calf's official cause of death.

Kyara, seen with mother Takara in April, died at SeaWorld San Antonio on Monday.

Kyara is survived by her 25-year-old mother, Takara. The company still has almost two dozen killer whales between these two parks and its location in Orlando, Fla., a SeaWorld spokesman told NPR's Amy Held earlier this year. In January 2017, a 36-year-old whale Tilikum died in captivity at the park.

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Peta said Cromwell, armed with a megaphone, had led a group of its supporters in a "takeover" of Seaworld's orca show, declaring: "My friends at PETA and I want SeaWorld to move these intelligent animals to seaside sanctuaries without delay".

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.

People watch through glass as a killer whale swims by in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego.