SeaWorld Announces Birth of Last Captive Baby Orca
Move over, baby giraffe. SeaWorld has announced 25-year-old killer whale Takara has given birth to a healthy, still-unnamed calf. Trainers decided against a live stream of the happy event at the San Antonio, Texas, facility, but have since released footage of the birth. The baby, whose gender is still unknown, is the last calf to be born in captivity at SeaWorld: Takara was already pregnant when the company halted its controversial breeding program in March 2016. SeaWorld plans to end its killer whale shows by 2019.