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Tilikum is a special and transformative killer whale. He was netted off Iceland in 1983, at the age of two, and has lived in captivity for almost 33 years now, for the past 24 years at SeaWorld’s Orlando, Florida park.
Tilikum made for a sympathetic and compelling character. At 22 feet and 12,000 pounds, he was a would-be ocean king reduced to a court jester with a floppy dorsal fin, splashing delirious SeaWorld audiences at the end of circus-style shows.
The orca is suffering from a serious bacterial infection.
(CNN)Tilikum the killer whale may be "beginning to deteriorate" as the estimated 35-year-old animal battles a yet incurable bacterial infection in his lungs, SeaWorld said Tuesday.
"Despite the best care available, like all aging animals, he battles chronic health issues that are taking a greater toll as he ages," SeaWorld said on its website.
"However, the suspected bacteria is very resistant to treatment and a cure for his illness has not been found," SeaWorld said.
originally posted by: Boscowashisnamo
Thanks for posting this thread. I followed the trainer death incident, and got schooled after watching the movie "Blackfish".
originally posted by: ketsuko
Here is the Catch-22 ... most people who care so much about orcas only do so because of the exposure to them they have in places like SeaWorld.
Does that make it right? No, but seeing a thing on TV does not replace the power of the living experience of it either.