Last killer whale born at SeaWorld

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"Although this is the last killer whale birth at a SeaWorld park, our work to understand and protect this species will continue for decades to come", said Hendrik Nollens, vice president of veterinary services for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. In the near future, SeaWorld San Antonio plans to let visitors observe Takara, who's 25, as well as her calf. Central Time, April 19, 2017, at SeaWorld San Antonio.

SeaWorld said in a statement that a team of veterinarians and animal care specialists witnessed the birth and has the newborn under surveillance.

SeaWorld said a killer whale calf was born Wednesday at its park in San Antonio, Texas - the last orca to be born in the company's care.

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"PETA is calling on SeaWorld to spare (Takara's) fifth calf a lifetime of suffering in prison by retiring both mother and child to a seaside sanctuary, where the baby may someday be reunited with Takara's mother, other children, and grandchildren", the organization said in a statement Wednesday. Born to Takara in San Antonio, the proud mom began "bonding & caring" for her little one immediately, making their 1st pics together cuter than ever! SeaWorld has not collected a wild orca in almost 40 years, and most of its orcas were born in captivity. "She is a true ambassador".

Takara gave birth to her as-yet-unnamed calf on Wednesday afternoon at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Takara, the matriarch of the orca pod, gave birth to the calf at 2:33 p.m. CST. "It is fantastic", said Sigman.

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"This will be one of the first times we'll be able to see not just a mother with a newborn calf but also a newborn calf with siblings", Hill said. She previously given birth to four other calves - two of them are at SeaWorld San Antonio.

SeaWorld has welcomed its last baby killer whale.

Researchers are now able to study how a baby orca reacts around siblings because two of Takara's other calves are also housed at the San Antonio theme park. The typical gestation period for an orca whale is 18 months.

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SeaWorld has been under fire since an orca killed a trainer in 2010 and the documentary "Blackfish" suggested the animal's treatment led to the death. "We love these killer whales". In addition to ending the breeding program, the company said in 2015 that it would be ending its killer whale shows by 2019. This includes a commitment of $10 million in matching funds dedicated to killer whale research and the creation of a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals. It has been nearly four decades since the park has removed an orca from the wild.

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