Ok… But If He Does It Again
Alligators don't get this many chances before we kill it and heat up the grease. But Ok. Everyone loves a whale.
The killer whale that drowned a trainer at Orlando's SeaWorld facility last year is slated to perform for the first time since the incident.
SeaWorld officials say Tilikum will participate in the park's "Believe" show beginning Wednesday morning.
Tilikum drowned 40-year-old Dawn Brancheau on Feb. 24, 2010, and has not participated in a show since then, while park officials are spending millions making safety upgrades.
Plans to get trainers back in the water with the whales progressed earlier this month despite findings last summer by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that accused SeaWorld of recklessly putting trainers in danger.
SeaWorld Animal Training Curator Kelly Flaherty Clark says they "feel it is an important component of (Tilikum's) physical, social and mental enrichment" to again perform.
Here are links to all of our coverage of the SeaWorld Orlando attack:
- SeaWorld killer whale attack, trainer dead
- Staff says killer whale was dangerous
- Autopsy: SeaWorld trainer likely died from drowning, trauma
- SeaWorld: Tilly loved trainer he killed
- Pictures: Killer whale immediately after SeaWorld trainer attack
- PETA says "It will happen again"
- Recent attacks involving captive animals
- SeaWorld faces major public relations challenge
- SeaWorld workers describe speed of fatal attack
- Video of SeaWorld killer whale attack won't be released
- Trainers invent new toothbrush for killer whale
- Family of killed trainer wants video sealed
- Autopsy: SeaWorld trainer died of trauma, drowning
- Trainers attacked: Deaths, close calls at animal parks
- New details in trainer's death
- SeaWorld fined for trainer's death