(UPDATE – 3-19-16) Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando diagnosed with possible bacterial infection
SeaWorld has updated us with the status of Tilikum as he continues to recover from an infection. SeaWorld posted on their SeaWorld Cares website that his “energy level and appetite have both improved” since SeaWorld Orlando began treating him.
It is also mentioned that he has “increased engagement with his trainers and also with the other whales in the facility that are often showing interest in him.”
SeaWorld will continue to give Tilikum around the clock care due to his fluctuations in his health. The park is remaining “cautiously optimistic” about his recepetion of the treatments they have been giving him.
Sad news out of SeaWorld Orlando as the park announced on their blog that Tilikum has been showing signs of deteriorating health.
The park believes Tilikum has a bacterial infection in his lungs, and there is currently no cure for this form of bacterial infection.
“It has been our duty and passion to make sure we give him the utmost care we possibly can,” said Daniel Richardville, Animal Training Supervisor.
The team at SeaWorld are dedicated to Tilikum’s well-being during this time and are monitoring him daily.
Tilikum has been with SeaWorld for 23 years and measures 22.5 feet (6.9 m) long and weighs over 12,000 pounds, making him the largest killer whale in captivity.