Last SeaWorld orca born in captivity dies 'of pneumonia — BBCI

3-month-old killer whale dies at SeaWold San Antonio

Kyara would become the 40 orca to die on SeaWorld's watch, and not one of them has died of old age.

The release says a veterinary team will conduct a postmortem examination to determine the cause of death.

The decision to end the program came in response to intense scrutiny after the airing of a 2013 documentary "Blackfish", which claimed animal abuse occurred against orcas at SeaWorld parks.

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However marine mammal scientists have argued that keeping orcas in captivity is both physically and psychologically harmful to the animals, and have questioned SeaWorld's claims that orcas' life expectancy in captivity is comparable to the lifespans of orcas in the wild, the BBC reported in 2016.

Kyara, a 3-month-old calf, was born at the San Antonio park in April and faced progressive health issues not caused by being in captivity, according to the park. They would hand feed her several times in a day so that she got enough nutrients and supplements.

In January, SeaWorld's most famous captive orca Tilikum died from a bacterial infection at its Orlando park.

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The plan is for their performances to be phased out by 2019, with a program of more "natural orca encounters" for guests, going forward.

Peta said Cromwell, armed with a megaphone, had led a group of its supporters in a "takeover" of Seaworld's orca show, declaring: "My friends at PETA and I want SeaWorld to move these intelligent animals to seaside sanctuaries without delay".

Kyara died surrounded by SeaWorld staff.

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SeaWorld has 22 orcas left in the U.S. The youngest, Amaya, was born in December 2014.

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