Bingo, the oldest killer whale in Japan has lost his battle with the illness and died yesterday :(.
He was 32 years old and He has 4 daughters: Lovey (1998), Lara (2001), Ran (2006) and Rin (2014).
My condolences to his trainers, RIP big guy
Today, during a public training session by Stella & co. after 1pm, Bingo was undergoing a pneumonia treatment in the med pool.
The drug in the container was turned into a mist and delivered as a “suction treatment” through a duct to Bingo’s blowholes.
This medical practice has been performed with humans but since this time the patient is a killer whale, they had to replace everything with equipment that processed materials the keepers bought at a home improvement store.
Also, keepers had to wear a mask during the treatment so the drug does not make contact with their faces and hair.
After that, they worked on small behaviors with him (no jumps) like tail slaps and tongue out.
Wishing him to be cured as soon as possible.
After hearing the news from yesterday, I went today to check on Bingo.
He swam around with his head lifted such that his eyepatches were visible more than last week, swam laps around (or in circles) during training, slapped his pecs against the surface, and overall I feel like he looks better now than he did before.
They’ve increased the size of the buckets of food and ice he gets such that it’s larger than Lynn’s (or the same size, not sure), so I feel he certainly still has an appetite (see bottom left photo).
They had opened the watertight that was closed before and Stella & co. were seen approaching the gate. However, the false bottom of the med pool was at a different depth than last week.
Because the situation still seems unpredictable, I’m hoping Kamogawa SeaWorld’s and our vets and trainers do the best they can.
Source (with bigger pictures)
Looks that the big guy is recovering :)
Marineland Antibes 2014 - heart of courage
Freya, Valentin, Inouk, Wikie, Moana and Keijo
Antibes´s pod by Estel Moore. Taken 9 April
Left to right: Freya, Val, calf, Wikie, Moana and Inouk
I miss him :(
Moana explains to the audience how is his life at Marineland with his pod and then her mother tells him a little surprise.
A bit (much) anthropomorphism but cute too.
Wonderful documentary about KSW orcas, with nice footage and video of Ran´s birth that I hadn´t seen before. It´s a bit old (Earth was around one year old) but it still fine.