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

Janie Parker
July 26, 2017

Though the company refrained from offering an official cause of death, pending a postmortem conducted by the veterinarian team, it noted "we know that Kyara had an infection, likely pneumonia".

Takara was already pregnant when the amusement park, which has faced controversy over its killer whale shows, announced in March 2016 that it would be bringing down the curtain on its captive breeding programme.

SeaWorld announced the passing of Kyara the killer whale calf on Monday.

The whale's legitimate reason for death has not yet been resolved pending a full post-mortem examination. Kyara's death didn't have to do with her being in captivity, it added.

Kyara died surrounded by SeaWorld staff.

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In a press release sent to Kens 5, SeaWorld said Kyara was being treated for the infection at the park's animal hospital for the past three days. "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".

"Forty orcas have now died on SeaWorld's watch-it's time for the abusement park to move the remaining animals to seaside sanctuaries before the death toll hits 41", PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien said in the statement.

Takara is reported to be doing fine over the weekend along with the rest of the orca pod. It could take several weeks before the results are finalized.

No other whales at SeaWorld San Antonio are exhibiting symptoms of the illness that killed Kyara. In January 2017, a 36-year-old whale Tilikum died in captivity at the park.

The decision to end the program came in response to intense scrutiny after the airing of a 2013 documentary "Blackfish", which claimed animal abuse occurred against orcas at SeaWorld parks.

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