SeaWorld Loses Another Orca, 3-Month Old Kyara Dies

A three-month-old killer whale calf has died at Sea World San Antonio. Source @SeaWorld  Twitter

A three-month-old killer whale calf has died at Sea World San Antonio. Source @SeaWorld Twitter

A statement from SeaWorld about the calf's death said that she had been treated for an infection, likely pneumonia, but her cause of death won't be clear until the company's veterinary team concludes a full-post mortem. PETA had called for her and her mother, Takara, to be sent to a sanctuary, especially since Takara was pregnant with Kyara when SeaWorld announced the end to the breeding program.

The Orlando-based company says 3-month-old Kyara died Monday.

Kyara had been kept under 24-hour watch at the "Animal Hospital", the park said in a press release, and she had been handfed for several days to "to ensure she received the nutrition she needed".

SeaWorld also has made a decision to phase out its world-famous killer whale performances by 2019, after public opinion turned against keeping orcas, dolphins and other animals in captivity for entertainment.

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Kyara was the last orca whale to be born at a SeaWorld park. "As animal caregivers we dedicate our lives to these animals, and this loss will be felt throughout the entire SeaWorld family".

SeaWorld San Antonio said it would cancel its One Ocean shows featuring orcas for the rest of the day. In January 2017, a 36-year-old whale Tilikum died in captivity at the park.

It was also the end of an era - marking the last captive birth as part of the company's breeding program, which it formally shuttered last March after significant backlash from animal rights activists.

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.

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