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USKayla, the orca at SeaWorld Orlando, died from lung disease

03:30  21 may  2019
03:30  21 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Kayla , a 30-year-old female orca at SeaWorld Orlando , has died , the company announced early Monday morning. Though the cause of death was Kayla is now the fourth orca to die at a SeaWorld park over the last two years. In August 2017, Kasatka died of lung disease at the San Diego park.

Kayla , one of SeaWorld 's oldest remaining orcas , has died after first showing "signs of discomfort" two days earlier, the chain of animal theme parks said.

SeaWorld released the cause of death following an investigation into what had suddenly killed the orca. She had seemed healthy until over the course of one weekend when her condition worsened. Veterinarians who gave round-the-clock care couldn’t save her.

“We determined Kayla died of lung disease, which presented very quickly in her case,” said Dr. Chris Dold, SeaWorld’s Chief Zoological Officer in a statement Monday. “Lung disease is a common cause of illness and death seen in marine mammals in the wild, in human care and in those we rescue. It remains the leading cause of death for dolphins and whales throughout the world.”

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30-year-old orca Kayla dies suddenly at SeaWorld in Orlando . Kayla 's death comes a few years after SeaWorld made changes to how it treats orcas . At the heart of that documentary is an orca named Tilikum, who unintentionally drowned his trainer at SeaWorld in 2010. Tilikum died in January 2017.

The orca , named Kayla , died on Monday after a brief illness, SeaWorld officials said. Veterinarians began treating Kayla on Saturday, following a physical The cause of death will not be known until a post-mortem examination is conducted. Kayla was one of the last remaining orcas at SeaWorld ’s

Her death leaves SeaWorld Orlando park with five other orcas.

Kayla was born into captivity.

“As with all animals in our care, we will try to learn from Kayla’s death,” Dold said in a statement, adding SeaWorld reported her death to the National Marine Fisheries Services and planned to share data collected during her life with the scientific community.

The orcas have long been a symbol of the Orlando theme park and an important attraction to devoted SeaWorld fans.

But in recent years, as the theme park has rebounded from the “Blackfish” anti-whale captivity documentary, SeaWorld has turned to thrill rides and a busy schedule of festivals and concerts to draw in visitors.

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