Kyara, the last orca born in captivity at SeaWorld died on Monday at a San Antonio park. Born in April to Takara, the three-month-old killer whale was being treated for an infection by veterinarians. Unfortunately, over the weekend, her health declined. The official cause of death will be determined by a post-mortem exam, but according to SeaWorld, Kyara likely died of pneumonia.
According to officials at the park, the young orca had serious health issues that came of this last week and veterinary teams and animal car teams were treating aggressively. The health issues ended up being serious and progressive and the team was not able to overcome them.
Last year, due to pressure from the public, unfavorable press, SeaWorld announced the end of breeding killer whales in captivity and an end to killer whale shows at their parks. Kyara was conceived prior to SeaWorld stating they would end their program, and was the last whale in the breeding program to be born. She was conceived before SeaWorld said it would stop the program.
By Cletus Dillwood
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