5) The Tragedy of Gudrun
There are few more morose tales of killer whales in captivity than the tragic death of the pregnant Icelandic female orca Gudrun. SeaWorld trainers John Jett and Jeff Ventre had discussed Gudrun’s pregnancy since she began eating less food in the final weeks of gestation. They were also concerned about the health of the fetus. SeaWorld had figured out a way to use Gudrun to generate new revenue streams. As one of the rare adult orcas whose dorsal fin had not bent over or collapsed, she was perfect to pose with tourists for photographs. The pregnant whale would remain “dry” in the slideout area as she held her pose for many minutes at a time. The weight on her unborn calf must have been immense. When Gudrun went into labor, the staff veterinarians could not get a pulse on the unborn calf. It was presumed dead. Since Gudrun was not expelling the calf, they needed to winch the dead infant out manually. The pain must have been unearthly. Gudrun began to hemorrhage severely. She remained motionless in one spot, unprotected by shade, so staff lovingly lavished her back with zinc oxide. On the fourth day, Gudrun slowly swam over to the gate where her disabled young calf, Nyar, was watching. Nyar had to be separated from Gudrun soon after birth when the mother began attacking her deformed daughter. Now, Gudrun gently nudged Nyar’s rostrum through the bars, as if to ask for an overdue rapprochement. Gudrun died a few hours later. Photo: SMSea/Creative Commons via Flickr
Whales in captivity fucking upsets me.
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Midnight in Paris (2011)
”..The God Graveyard, old gods that have been worshiped throughout our history but are no longer prayed to, how many more will be thrown into the wind?…”