Orca dies suddenly at Florida’s Seaworld

October 6th, 2010 by Staff

MIAMI — A killer whale from Seaworld Orlando, a popular Florida marine life entertainment park, died after a “sudden illness,” park officials said Tuesday.

The orca, a 25-year-old female named Kalina who was born in captivity, died Monday, the company said in a statement.

Park veterinarians said that Kalina “showed no signs of illness as recently as Friday and had good appetite on Sunday,” the company said.

“She began exhibiting signs of discomfort Monday afternoon and died suddenly in the early evening.”

The company said that a necropsy will be carried out, but the cause of Kalina’s death “won’t be known for up to six weeks.”

Kalina was the first orca to be born in Seaworld, and over the years gave birth to four calves.

Long-time trainer Seaworld Orlando animal trainer Dawn Brancheu, 40, was killed in February when Tilikum — a five-tonne orca linked to two other human deaths since 1991 — grabbed her by her ponytail and dragged her into the water at the end of a show.

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