The Last Baby Killer Whale Born at SeaWorld Has Died

The killer whale calf had been battling an infection. Source @SeaWorld  Twitter

The last killer whale calf to be born in captivity at SeaWorld has died, the park announced Monday.

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.

Twitter (TWTR) has exploded with anti-SeaWorld comments, many blaming the company for Kyara's death and calling for SeaWorld to shut down its parks and release its animals to seaside sanctuaries.

"The heart and support that has gone into caring for her throughout Takara's pregnancy until today has been wonderful".

A post-mortem examination is to be conducted, meaning the cause of death will most likely not be confirmed for a few weeks.

Kyara's mother, Takara, was pregnant when the company announced it was ending its captive breeding programme.

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Kyara was born in April at SeaWorld San Antonio and spent her short life there.

Kyara is survived by her 25-year-old mother, Takara. Orca gestation can last up to 18 months.

"Forty orcas have now died on SeaWorld's watch", the animal rights group said in a statement.

Kyara was the last orca whale to be born at a SeaWorld park. It focused on the orca Tilikum, which killed trainer Dawn Brancheau in Orlando in 2010 by dragging her into the pool before shocked visitors after a "Dine with Shamu" show. In January 2017, a 36-year-old whale Tilikum died in captivity at the park. Kyara was sired by Kyuquot.

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

It plans to phase out its reputed live orca performances by 2019, especially after scrutiny was intensified by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish".

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