SeaWorld's three-month-old killer whale Kyara dies

Kyara is shown with her mother Takara who was born at Sea World San Diego in July 1991

A 3-month-old killer whale named Kyara dead the bucket in imprisonment at SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas on Monday, the recreation center said in an announcement.

"Kyara had faced some very serious and progressive health issues over the last week that the animal care and veterinary teams had been aggressively treating", SeaWorld said in a post explaining the whale's death.

Veterinarians say they provided around-the-clock care, treated her with antibiotics and hand fed her multiple times a day to make sure she received adequate nutrition. "As animal caregivers we dedicate our lives to these animals, and this loss will be felt throughout the entire SeaWorld family".

"Pneumonia has been identified as one of the most common causes of morbidity or illness in whales and dolphins, both in the wild and in aquariums", SeaWorld added.

As per the recreation center, the whale's ailment was not caused by being in imprisonment.

Kyara's mother Takara was already pregnant when SeaWorld announced the end of its orca breeding program in March 2016.

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She had also been separated from her mother, Takara, to avoid risking the spread of disease, said SeaWorld. Kyara was born in April to mom Takara.

It plans to phase out its reputed live orca performances by 2019, especially after scrutiny was intensified by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish".

For more details, see SeaWorld's statement on the baby orca.

Tilikum, which sired 14 calves over almost 25 years in Orlando, died of bacterial pneumonia in January.

A dedicated team of vets and care staff spent the last three days providing critical care for Kyara, but despite their best efforts the whale passed away.

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

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