SeaWorld Prepares For Last Orca Born At Park

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – SeaWorld officials are preparing for the last birth of an orca at one of its parks.

According to a statement Tuesday from the Orlando-based company, the calf will be born at SeaWorld San Antonio in the next four to six weeks.

The mother, 25-year-old Takara, was already pregnant when SeaWorld announced last year that it was ending its orca breeding program. The gestation period for orcas is approximately 18 months.

Over two dozen orcas will remain on display for decades at SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio. But the birth of Takara’s calf will be the last opportunity for visitors and marine scientists to see a baby orca up close.

SeaWorld officials say Takara and the calf will be monitored by a St. Mary’s University research team.

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  1. Should this calf survive, he or she will be condemned to a life of confinement and deprivation–just like his or her parents, the other orcas who SeaWorld is still exploiting, and the nearly 40 orcas who died in SeaWorld’s hands. The calf, orcas, dolphins and other animals should be transitioned to coastal sanctuaries where they can be monitored and taste the freedom they’ve been denied.

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