SeaWorld San Antonio confirms the death of 3-month-old killer whale

  • SeaWorld San Antonio confirms the death of 3-month-old killer whale

SeaWorld San Antonio confirms the death of 3-month-old killer whale

The last orca to be born at a SeaWorld (SEAS) facility died on Monday at the company's San Antonio theme park, SeaWorld announced.

"Kyara had faced some very serious and progressive health issues over the last week that the animal care and veterinary teams had been aggressively treating", SeaWorld said in a post explaining the whale's death. She'd been treated for an infection at SeaWorld San Antonio, but got worse and died.

The cause of death is considered to be a pneumonia-like infection, which is common in both whales and dolphins - either wild or the ones kept in captivity.

As per the recreation center, the whale's ailment was not caused by being in imprisonment.

Kyara, who was born in SeaWorld San Antonio in April, spent her whole life in the park.

Kyara had been under 24-hour watch and had been hand-fed to supplement her nutrition, the park said. She was separated from her mother, Takara, and placed in a tank at the animal hospital.

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.

SeaWorld has announced plans to introduce new "natural orca encounters" in place of theatrical shows.

The park came under increased scrutiny after the documentary "Blackfish" featured Tilikum, who killed a trainer in 2010.

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Instead of performances, SeaWorld will offer visitors the chance to view the orcas for 45 minutes.

For more details, see SeaWorld's statement on the baby orca.

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