Whale kills trainer

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Whale kills trainer
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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 7:00pm

A killer whale attacked and killed a trainer in front of a horrified audience at a SeaWorld show Wednesday, with witnesses saying the animal involved in two previous deaths dragged her under and thrashed her around violently.


For more, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ap_on_re_us/us_seaworld_death


Personally, I wouldn't want to work with these animals because I've seen what they can do to other animals and its not pretty.



 

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Mon, 03-01-2010 - 10:52pm

I haven't been to the circus in yrs and I've heard about some of the bad things that happens to the animals there.



 

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Mon, 03-01-2010 - 10:43pm

i agree with you. But Tilikum has be been in captivity for 30 yrs so he's not gonna know to hunt in the wild. I thought it was interesting that my friend said that it was in a contract when SeaWorld bought him that he not have human contact, and these are social animals, just with each other.



 

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Mon, 03-01-2010 - 10:32pm

Yeah that's true. I never really thought about it like that. Good point.



 

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Mon, 03-01-2010 - 1:51pm

Such a tragic story. :(

I have to agree with Carol, "I find training such intelligent animals to do tricks for an audience is somewhat offensive. They live in tiny tanks with no real room to wander or play and have little interaction with other whales --- not natural at all."

We avoid the circus for the same reason. It just doesn't seem very fair to the animals.

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Mon, 03-01-2010 - 11:55am

I have so many mixed feelings about this situation.

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Mon, 03-01-2010 - 7:40am

I totally agree with you.


I feel bad for the girl's family, but she had to have known the risks when she took the job. Mainly though I feel bad for that whale.




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Mon, 03-01-2010 - 2:41am

I quite agree with Carol.

Legal size is just that - legal size. A prison cell also has its legal size, but a normal human being needs more than that.












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Sun, 02-28-2010 - 3:46pm

I totally agree with you. I read or heard some where that Tilikum's tank, the orca that killed his trainer, was legal size, guessing it needs to be pretty big.


I heard them say that they are going to keep him since he's fathered 13 other killer whales. Plus what makes them think he won't do it again? At least he doesn't eat them or that would be a HUGE problem.


Any animal that can take on a great white shark and win...yeah I wanna dive head first into it tank to swim with it!!! Who cares if it think I'm its toy!!! It can take on a great white!!! I've watched plenty of nature shows about these animals and they do live up to their name.


But I do think they should think more carefully that these are wild animals regardless if they are born in captivity.



 

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Sun, 02-28-2010 - 11:08am

I find training such intelligent animals to do tricks for an audience is somewhat offensive. They live in tiny tanks with no real room to wander or play and have little interaction with other whales --- not natural at all.

I would hate to see teh whale killed becasue it did was was "natural" for it to do.

The sad thing, beyond the woman's death, is that releasing this whale into the wild is a death sentence for the whale. He was born in captivity and apparently captive whales have never learned to hunt (the whale that starred in "Free Willie" was released and died of starvation shortly thereafter!).