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The Last Killer Whale Born In Captivity At SeaWorld Has Died

A 3-month-old whale named Kyara died Monday surrounded by SeaWorld staff at the company's San Antonio park.
Posted at 9:32 AM, Jul 25, 2017

The last killer whale born in captivity at SeaWorld has died.

Three-month-old Kyara died Monday at the company's San Antonio park. SeaWorld said she was battling some serious health problems, including an infection that veterinarians say they believe was pneumonia.

SeaWorld says pneumonia is a common illness for whales in captivity and in the wild.

Earlier this year, the company — based in Orlando, Florida — lost one of its most famous orcas, Tilikum, to bacterial pneumonia.

Kyara was born in April. Her mother, Takara, was pregnant when SeaWorld said it was ending its killer whale breeding program last year.

SeaWorld says a veterinary team will examine Kyara to determine the exact cause of death.