Tilikum, SeaWorld's Murderous Whale, Returns to Performing

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It's been a little more than a year since Tilikum the orca drowned his trainer in front of an audience during a show at Orlando's SeaWorld, and now the park is putting him back to work. This morning during the park's Believe show, he made his first performance since the deadly incident. Tilikum had previously been linked to two other deaths, but trainers now believe he's ready to return to the spotlight.

"Participating in shows is just a portion of Tilikum's day, but we feel it is an important component of his physical, social, and mental enrichment," SeaWorld animal training curator Kelly Flaherty Clark said in a statement.

"He has been regularly interacting with his trainers and the other whales for purposes of training, exercise, and social and mental stimulation, and has enjoyed access to all of the pools in the Shamu Stadium complex."

Forty-year-old senior trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed in February 2010 after Tilikum grabbed her ponytail, pulled her below the surface, and violently shook her. An autopsy showed she died of drowning and traumatic injury to her head, ribs, and back.

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Marigold789
Marigold789

Tillikun is being cruely exploited for money.He should be out in the ocean with like-kind swimming as they do,200 miles a day! In the aquarium he probably doesn't even swim one mile and the sonar he uses to navigate with in the ocean bounces off the aquarium walls and drives him crazy!!!! He has been subjected to this mistreatment for30 or more yrs!!! It's cruel and exploitative and alloewed to go on because of human greed. I say enough!!!

Cane
Cane

"That Killer Whale didn't go crazy, that Killer Whale went Killer Whale"

DumbHumanTricks
DumbHumanTricks

Hmmm, swimming with something called a KILLER whale. Darwin in action.

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