Some sad news for animal lovers and SeaWorld fans as the park in Orlando has announced that the Killer Whale Tilikum is now under vetrinary care as its team has noticed that his behavior has become lethargic and feel that his health is deteriorating.
Tilikum has been part of the SeaWorld family for 23 years, and was obtained from Sealand of the Pacific in Canada. Tilikum is estimated to be 35 years old, which is at the higher end of the average expectancy for male killer whales.
Vetrinarians at SeaWorld are currently treating him for what they believe to be a bacterial infection in his lungs. Chronic health issues in all aging animals begin to take their toll and this suspected bacteria seems to be resistance to the current treatment.
“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.
SeaWorld vetrinarians are focused on the well being of the whale making sure that he is comfortable as his condition is fluid and can fluctuate at any time. SeaWorld will keep friends and family updated on his condition as the latest test and information is available.