The orca Tilikum, SeaWorld Orlando’s best-known attraction and the subject of documentary Blackfish, isn’t looking so crash-hot. in a blogpost today, SeaWorld announced that Tilikum has become far more lethargic in recent weeks, and likely has a bacterial infection in his lungs.
Since Tilikum became a part of SeaWorld’s family 23 years ago, he has received the best in marine mammal health care and life enrichment available for killer whales – including a focus on his physical health, mental engagement and social activity with other whales. Despite the best care available, like all aging animals, he battles chronic health issues that are taking a greater toll as he ages.Our teams are treating him with care and medication for what we believe is a bacterial infection in his lungs. However, the suspected bacteria is very resistant to treatment and a cure for his illness has not been found.“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.
No matter which way you spin it, it’s a real sad story.