UPDATE: Latest Health Status of SeaWorld’s Famous Killer Whale ‘Tilikum’

By  //  April 19, 2016

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'encouraged by his increased engagement with trainers'

ABOVE VIDEO: “Tilikum has some good days and some not so good days. He recently had a few of the not so good days in succession. Over the weekend and today (Monday) his appetite improved a good deal, and we are encouraged by his increased engagement with trainers.” (SeaWorld® Parks & Entertainment Video)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Over a month ago SeaWorld reported on the poor health status of SeaWorld’s famous Killer Whale ‘Tilikum.’

Here is a statement from SeaWorld:

Many of you have been asking for an update on Tilikum, one of the orcas at SeaWorld Orlando. We spoke with trainers and veterinarians today and here’s the latest update from Director of Animal Training Kelly Flaherty-Clark:

“As we’ve noted from the onset, Tilikum has some good days and some not so good days. He recently had a few of the not so good days in succession. Over the weekend and today (Monday) his appetite improved a good deal, and we are encouraged by his increased engagement with trainers,” Clark said.

Kelly Flaherty-Clark

Kelly Flaherty-Clark

“Because he had some rough days over the past week, he is in the medical pool where trainers, care staff and veterinarians can monitor him around the clock, and offer him the care and attention he deserves.”

“We know that his fans want him to feel better, and are cautiously optimistic that he will maintain this trend so they can see him soon. Thank you all for your thoughts and wishes. It means a lot to the trainers, veterinarians and staff,” said Clark.

Tilikum has been part of SeaWorld for 23 years.


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