SeaWorld whale calf Kyara showing possible signs of pneumonia

July 22, 2017

A whale calf at SeaWorld is showing possible signs of pneumonia.

SeaWorld officials say Takara’s 3-month-old calf, Kyara, is now being treated at the animal hospital at SeaWorld San Antonio. Pneumonia is one of the most common causes of illness or morbidity in whales and dolphins.

SeaWorld says that the first several months for whale and dolphin calves are especially critical, so they are taking every precaution. To ensure Kyara can receive the best possible care and treatment, a team has taken over feeding her at the husbandry pool at the animal hospital until her health is stabilized. They say their goal is to return her back to Takara and to reunite mom and calf with the rest of the pod as soon as possible.

From SeaWorld’s Facebook Page

Takara’s 3-month-old calf, Kyara, is showing possible signs of pneumonia, one of the most common causes of illness or morbidity in whales and dolphins*. The first several months for whale and dolphin calves are especially critical, and we are taking every precaution, including treating her at the animal hospital at SeaWorld San Antonio.

In order to ensure Kyara can receive the very best possible supportive care and treatment, her dedicated team has taken over feeding her at the husbandry pool at the animal hospital until her health is stabilized. The goal is to return her back to Takara, and to reunite mom and calf with the rest of the pod as soon as possible.

Providing care and nutrition for a killer whale calf requires highly specialized skill and expertise. SeaWorld’s team of veterinarians and husbandry specialists have helped hand-raise three killer whale calves successfully, and we are focusing all our attention and resources on this calf. We will continue to provide updates on her condition as we have more information.

*Venn-Watson, S., R. Daniels, and C. Smith. 2012. Thirty year retrospective evaluation of pneumonia in a bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus population. Dis. Aquat. Org. 99:237-242.

Source:  news4sanantonio.com

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