Marineland's killer whale is ill, animal rights group says
Officials at Niagara Falls, Ont., water park insist Kiska is in good health
An animal rights group says the killer whale at Marineland appears to be sick, but officials insist that Kiska, a mainstay of the Niagara Falls, Ont., water park for many years, is in good health.
Orca United recently sent CBC News photos which it says show signs of a troubling condition known as “peanut head” — an indentation near the blowhole that is a sign of severe weight loss.
Marine mammal supervisor Tom Weston says she's under constant watch by two veterinarians, seven caregivers and a team of 14 outside consultants.
“We check eyes, her breath, we observe every day,” said Weston. “I hope she outlives me.”
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Kiska is the only killer whale living in captivity in Canada.
Ongoing protests and complaints about health problems at Marineland were in part what led to sweeping changes to Ontario's animal welfare laws last year.
The OSPCA now does mandatory inspections twice a year. It says it is investigating this new complaint.
From a report by Shannon Martin