Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

APNewsBreak: Baby orca! Last killer whale born at SeaWorld

SeaWorld's Last Baby Killer Whale Born at Texas Park Baby orca! Last killer whale born at SeaWorld
Juana Turner | 21 April, 2017, 00:29

The mother, 25-year-old Takara, was already pregnant when SeaWorld said it stopped the breeding program. Central Time, April 19, 2017, at SeaWorld San Antonio.

The calf will be visible to visitors either in the orca stadium pool at the San Antonio park or in two adjacent pools.

SeaWorld welcomed its final killer whale born in captivity in San Antonio on Wednesday. Everyday she inspires SeaWorld's guests to learn more about and do more to protect animals in the wild. "She is a true ambassador", Bellows continued.

The last baby orca calf can be viewed by SeaWorld guests as park staffers share information and observations about the whale. And the infant calf is JUST as adorable as you'd think.

Takara, the matriarch of the orca pod, gave birth to the calf at 2:33 p.m. CST. She knows exactly what to do.

The gender of the calf will be confirmed at a later date, once Takara appears comfortable with allowing her trainers to meet her latest arrival. The amusement park giant announced a year ago it will end its orca breeding program and stop the shows after pressure from animal rights advocates and public perception following the release of the film 'Blackfish'.

SeaWorld didn't immediately name the calf because the park's veterinarians have not yet determined whether it is male or female. "In the meantime, we let Takara be the awesome mom she is caring for her baby's every need". "We are very pleased that this birth will be able to continue to add to this body of knowledge for this iconic species". "We love these killer whales". "Mom generally will rest but she can't rest too much".

Takara, born at SeaWorld San Diego, has had four other calves, ranging in age from 3 to 15 years. "It's a tempered celebration only because we're focused on the health of these guys". In the film, former SeaWorld trainers blamed the company, saying the stress of captivity is risky for both whales and trainers. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals.

The company's newest theme park will be built in Dubai and will not include orca whales.

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