Georgia Aquarium beluga whale gravely ill

Posted Friday, December 29, 2006 9:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

One of the Georgia Aquarium's five prized beluga whales is gravely ill and his immune system remains weak, aquarium officials said. Gasper, a 17-year-old male beluga, has been ill for several years and doctors recently diagnosed a potentially deadly infection.

Read more from AP via WSB/Atlanta.

Friday, December 29, 2006 12:52 PM
Poor thing. I fell in love with Belugas after feeding one and petting it at the old Sea World at GL. Best wishes.
Friday, December 29, 2006 6:13 PM
Amazing how a 'civilized' country (Mexico) can treat animals like that.
Friday, December 29, 2006 11:43 PM
^ That was horribly phrased. I'm sure you're not suggesting the entire country of Mexico is negligent and responsible for the illness of a Beluga. That country's codes and regulations regarding the handling and ownership of wildlife in captivity are not as strict as ours and is solely the fault of the previous owner, which kept the animal in an incredibly inaquedate environment.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007 11:15 AM
I just read on that the GA had to euthanise Gasper. Really sad.

And as far as Mexico and wild aquatic animals, what about the killer whale used in Free Willy? Really taken care of while he was there, wasn't he? /end sarcasm


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