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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A 30-year-old killer whale named Kayla has died at SeaWorld’s Orlando park, officials announced Monday.

SeaWorld officials say a cause of death won’t be known until a post-mortem examination is conducted, but they report she had been ill.

Kayla began showing signs of discomfort on Saturday, and veterinarians began treating her based on what they found from a physical exam.

Park officials say her condition worsened on Sunday and she was given around-the-clock care until her death.

Kayla was among the last orcas at SeaWorld’s Orlando park, as well as parks in California and Texas.

The company announced in 2016 that it had stopped its orca breeding program.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments
  1. Craig Shapiro says:

    Kayla is the 42nd orca to die in SeaWorld’s sterile tanks. If the park put orcas’ welfare before its bottom line, the others it continues to hold would be thriving in seaside sanctuaries. Captivity kills.