Monday, 21 August, 2017

3-month-old killer whale dies at SeaWold San Antonio

The killer whale calf had been battling an infection. Source @SeaWorld  Twitter The killer whale calf had been battling an infection. Source @SeaWorld Twitter
Devin Neal | 26 July, 2017, 01:03

Kyara was the last killer whale to be conceived in bondage at SeaWorld's parks after the organization reported it would end its reproducing program a year ago. "As animal caregivers we dedicate our lives to these animals, and this loss will be felt throughout the entire SeaWorld family".

Three-month-old Kyara, who was born at SeaWorld's San Antonio park in April, was treated over the past three days, but her health continued to decline, SeaWorld said in a statement. It came a year after SeaWorld's decision to stop breeding orcas.

A post mortem exam to find the cause of death will be conducted and SeaWorld said it would provide an update when the full results are in Her veterinary team suspected Kyara had pneumonia, which is a common illness in whales in both the wild and captivity, the company said.

Three-month-old Kyara died Monday at the company's San Antonio park. She was separated from her mother, Takara, and placed in a tank at the animal hospital. She had been under 24-hour watch and was hand-fed to enhance her nutrition.

SeaWorld, which has not captured a wild orca in more than 40 years, now has 22 orcas left in the United States.

Wildfires torch homes near Yosemite National Park
More than 3,800 fire personnel have been assigned to the fire. "This fire has really devastated the area, business is just flat". Rangers warned visitors with respiratory problems to be mindful of the smoky haze over the park's landmark Half Dome rock face.

In January, SeaWorld's most famous captive orca Tilikum died from a bacterial infection at its Orlando park.

Tilikum, which sired 14 calves over almost 25 years in Orlando, died of bacterial pneumonia in January.

The female baby orca whale, a species also known as a killer whale, died after facing progressive health issues last week.

The next youngest, Amaya, was born in late December 2014.

The plan is for their performances to be phased out by 2019, with a program of more "natural orca encounters" for guests, going forward.

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