Back in December 2017, Loro Parque announced their 10-year-old killer whale, Morgan, was pregnant and predicted she would give birth between December 2018 and early next year. This announcement was met with harsh criticism and great concern. Morgan was rescued as a calf in 2010 and has been devoid of a motherly figure ever since. Because of this, and the fact Morgan has a hearing impairment, it was argued it was unethical to allow a young female orca who has no motherly skills to be impregnated. However, in light of the results of Morgan’s most recent ultrasound, Loro Parque have announced she is now likely to give birth between the end of the summer season and early fall of this year. This means that Morgan was significantly further along in her pregnancy than Loro Parque let on when they first announced it. It’s now highly likely SeaWorld transferred the ownership of their six killer whales at Loro Parque to the Spanish marine park in order to avoid criticism for the pregnancy, ultimately abandoning a pregnant orca at a facility with a 50% infant mortality rate for the sake of dodging a PR hit.
Photo: Loro Parque