SeaWorld's last baby killer whale to be born in captivity has died

A three-month-old killer whale calf has died at Sea World San Antonio. Source @SeaWorld  Twitter

A three-month-old killer whale calf has died at Sea World San Antonio. Source @SeaWorld Twitter

"Kyara tremendously affected each of her care staff, also the greater part of the visitors that had the opportunity to see her", Julie, one of the recreation center's orca coaches, said in the announcement. "From late nights to early morning, rain or shine, we dedicate our lives to these animals, and this loss will be felt throughout the entire SeaWorld family".

The cause of death is considered to be a pneumonia-like infection, which is common in both whales and dolphins - either wild or the ones kept in captivity.

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

San Antonio's orca Takara swims with her new calf, born at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio in this April 2017 handout photo. Kyara's mother, Takara, was pregnant when the company announced in 2016 that it would phase out the killer whale breeding program in its three parks. Kyara and Takara are pictured here.

SeaWorld had come under fire for how killer whales have been treated at its three parks.

Takara got pregnant with Kyara previous year when SeaWorld announced that it would end its #killer whale breeding program.

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"Forty orcas have now died on SeaWorld's watch", wrote Colleen O'Brien, a spokeswoman for the animal rights group.

The film focused on Tilikum, an orca at SeaWorld Orlando who killed a trainer during a 2010 performance.

Tilikum, 35, became notorious for the deaths of three people during his time in captivity, featuring heavily in the £50,000, low-budget documentary "Blackfish" that went on to earn worldwide acclaim by highlighting the incredulity of keeping highly social, extremely intelligent whales in captivity.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement on Monday night, saying: "SeaWorld executives have dollar signs where their eyes should be".

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

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