I know this is a hugely controversial issue, but Loro Parque has announced the arrival of a male baby orca in the OrcaOcean facility. The Parque, which says it’s delighted at the event, reports that the mother, Kohana, was in labour for four hours, and the baby is said to be the first Canarian- and Spanish-born whale.
The infant was born early this morning, weighing 150 kilos and measuring 2 metres. A huge team of vets, biologists, trainers and experts were on hand to supervise every detail of the delivery. Moments after being born, the baby whale instinctively swam to the surface to take its first breath.
Kohana herself is 8 years old and was born in Sea World in America. She is apparently the youngest ever first-time mother, at least of births in captivity. Loro Parque says that, as often occurs in the wild, a maternal bond has still not been established, and so expert carers are supporting the baby’s feeding regime.
Whatever one’s views on the captivity of these magnificent creatures, I think we’ll all marvel at the astounding video above of the birth itself. PV