Final killer whale to be born in SeaWorld park welcomed

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Final killer whale to be born in SeaWorld park welcomed

SeaWorld said a killer whale calf was born Wednesday at its park in San Antonio, Texas - the last orca to be born in the company's care.

In this image provided by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment orca Takara helps guide her newborn to the water's surface at SeaWorld San Antonio, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in San Antonio.

The last baby killer whale to be born at a SeaWorld theme park has made its debut.

The mother, 25-year-old Takara, was already pregnant when SeaWorld announced the end of its breeding programme in March 2016. The park had come under fire for its treatment of killer whales since the 2013 CNN documentary "Blackfish". It called on SeaWorld to "retire" Takara and her calf "to a seaside sanctuary, where they may someday be reunited with Takara's mother, other children, and grandchildren".

According to the San Antonio Express News, SeaWorld believes Kyuquot, one of two male orcas at the park, is the father, but officials will need to do a paternity test to know for sure.

The gender of Taraka's calf hasn't been confirmed, and it has not been named yet. That film profiled one of its whales, Tilikum, who has been involved in the deaths of three people, including SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

Takara was already pregnant when SeaWorld chose to end the breeding program.

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