Kayla, 30-year Old Orca Passes Away at SeaWorld Orlando

**UPDATE** Here is just a small part of an official statement from SeaWorld on the passing of Kayla:

It is with great sadness that SeaWorld announces that Kayla, a 30-year-old female orca, died the morning of Jan. 28, 2019, with her animal care specialists by her side. The exact cause of death will not be known until the results of a post-mortem examination are complete, which may take several weeks. The entire SeaWorld family is deeply saddened by the loss.

Kayla began showing signs of discomfort on Saturday (Jan. 26) afternoon. Her veterinarians immediately began treatment based on a physical examination. Unfortunately, her condition worsened through the next two days. Although animal care specialists and veterinarians devoted around the clock attention to Kayla, she did not survive.

While this is very difficult for all of us at SeaWorld, Kayla inspired generations of guests and employees to care and learn more about this amazing species.

Read more on the passing of Kayla on the official SeaWorld blog here.

Sad news to report out of SeaWorld Orlando today as they announced Monday morning that Kayla, a 30-year old orca has unexpectedly passed away after falling ill over the weekend.

“While today is a difficult day for all of us at SeaWorld, Kayla inspired generations of guests and employees to care and learn more about this amazing species,” SeaWorld wrote in a statement to WKMG.

Kayla was originally born at SeaWorld San Antonio and moved to Ohio a few years later. She was then moved back to San Antonio after the Ohio park closed its doors. She was permanently moved to Orlando in 2006.

Kayla had one offspring, Halyn in 2005.

We will update as we get more information from SeaWorld Orlando.

Read more about SeaWorld Orlando’s Killer Whale Education and Conservation efforts here.

 

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