Tilikum returns to performing at SeaWorld Orlando

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

SeaWorld's killer whale, Tilikum, will return to performing at the theme park today 13 months after killing trainer Dawn Brancheau. In a statement, executives from SeaWorld defended Tilikum's reentry into the performing world saying it "is an important component of his physical, social and mental enrichment."

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Domesticated dogs are not wild animals. Its what makes them domesticated animals.

People get injured and killed doing a whole host of things. Folks die building highways, constructing buildings, driving cars, riding horses, skiing, riding bikes and a long list of other activities. Should we ban those activities as well? Seems to me the best approach is let folks decide for themselves what risks they are willing to accept and then let them bear the consequences of those risks. No one is forcing anyone to build a highway, construct a building, etc. And no one is forcing anyone to work with Tily. Do what you can within reason to reduce risks and make things safer. And let folks decide on their own if they want to take those risks. Apparently Sea World has enough trainers who are willing to work with the animal.

Living comes with it a risk of dying. The only sure fire way I know to avoid any risk of dying is to die.

If you take into the account the thousands of shows at all the Sea Worlds (Orlando-SD-SA-Aurora-Australia) and everywhere else, its mind boggling odds of chance. Its those odds that exist in the industry that I can't explain exist.

The clutzy trainer fell into a pool, and I am thinking Tilikum sired both of those unborn calves. Any human or species would protect their unborn, correct? And the drunk in Orlando. That pool was Tillikum's home. He was protecting his turf. In the morning, he presented the trainers with his catch of the day, so to speak. Was this wrong? A cat would bring a mouse to your feet, a hunting dog with the rabbit, etc.

Because of the sheer popularity of Sea World Orlando, this became a tragedy. Her ponytail whacked him in the eye, and for whatever reason, he became aggressive. Its the same situation of when Montclure decided to use Roy for a late night snack. No one will ever be able to fully explain it.

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Your general insensitivity doesn't really help in making points. Late night snack? Really? Also, the Sea World in Australia is owned by Village Road Show and has nothing to do with the US parks.

I think kpjb makes the best point that large animals mixed with small humans can from time to time lead to disaster, as it did last year. It's also unfortunate that some of the reporting around the previous two deaths has lacked the context that he points out. The second "incident" was frankly Darwin at work.


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GoBucks89 said:
Domesticated dogs are not wild animals. Its what makes them domesticated animals.

People get injured and killed doing a whole host of things. Folks die building highways, constructing buildings, driving cars, riding horses, skiing, riding bikes and a long list of other activities. Should we ban those activities as well? Seems to me the best approach is let folks decide for themselves what risks they are willing to accept and then let them bear the consequences of those risks. No one is forcing anyone to build a highway, construct a building, etc. And no one is forcing anyone to work with Tily. Do what you can within reason to reduce risks and make things safer. And let folks decide on their own if they want to take those risks. Apparently Sea World has enough trainers who are willing to work with the animal.

Living comes with it a risk of dying. The only sure fire way I know to avoid any risk of dying is to die.

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