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Last killer whale born at SeaWorld dies

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Killer whale calf died Monday at SeaWorld San Antonio

Kyara had been born in April as the last one in captivity for SeaWorld

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A killer whale calf was born Wednesday at SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas, marking the last one birthed in captivity at the company’s marine parks.

Kyara was born in April at SeaWorld San Antonio and spent her short life there.

SeaWorld San Antonio had welcomed the orca calf in April.
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SeaWorld San Antonio had welcomed the orca calf in April.

A post mortem exam to find the cause of death will be conducted and SeaWorld said it would provide an update when the full results are in. Her veterinary team suspected Kyara had pneumonia, which is a common illness in whales in both the wild and captivity, the company said.

Takara helped guide her newborn to the water's surface.
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Takara helped guide her newborn to the water's surface.

Kyara was the last to be born at a SeaWorld park. Her mother, Takara was pregnant when the company announced last year that it would end its killer whale breeding program.

SeaWorld San Antonio plans to let visitors observe Takara, the 25-year-old killer whale, and her calf in the near future. The gender of the newborn calf is not yet known.

She had been separated from her mother in order to receive care at the animal hospital, SeaWorld said.

PETA, which had called for mother and daughter to be sent to a seaside sanctuary after her birth, lamented that Kyara “never got to swim in the ocean.”

Last year, SeaWorld announced it would phase out killer whale shows.

SeaWorld has come under fire for its treatment of killer whales since the 2013 CNN documentary “Blackfish.”

CNN’s Keith Allen contributed to this report