Yesterday, June 17th 2017, marked Keto's 22nd birthday.
In June 17, 1995, 9-year-old Kalina* gave bith to a second calf, a male calf sirded by Kotar*, later known as Keto.
Keto was moved out from his birthplace, Orlando, 3 ½ years after his birth in order to correct his bad habits. However his stay at San Diego was short because 9 months later, he was off to Ohio and then to San Antonio. He was very attached to Kayla and he even fought with Ky over her and in 2004 Keto was reunited with his brother and the two became really close.
Keto was still only five-years-old at the time of this third transfer. He has been moved an alarming number of times and Keto is one of only a few orca to have been kept at all four SeaWorld parks.
On February 13th 2006, Keto was flown to Loro Parque from SeaWorld, Texas, along with another male, Tekoa. At the time, Keto was aged ten and Tekoa only five-years-old. Kohana and Skyla, two females, were also relocated, at the same time, to Tenerife from SeaWorld, Florida. They were aged three and two respectively at time of transfer.
In 2007 Tekoa was performing when Keto raced into the show pool and rammed him and then proceeded to chaise him. When the trainers finally regained control the stage was covered with Tekoa's blood which was visibly seeping from his wounds.
Since Keto’s transfer to Loro Parque, he has sired two calves with Kohana. Adán was born in 2010, when Kohana was only eight-years-old. Adán still resides at the Tenerife facility. Vicky*, conceived only four months after Adán’s birth, was born in 2012 and died at just ten-months of age. Both calves were rejected by their mother, resulting in rearing intervention by park staff.
The first attack occurred in September 1998, when Keto was only three-years-old. Open-mouthed, with his teeth exposed, he pushed his trainer around the pool at SeaWorld, Florida. A similar incident occurred in March 1999, just days after Keto was moved from Florida to SeaWorld, California. Again, open-mouthed, Keto swam into his trainer.
In December 1999, still at SeaWorld, California, Keto snapped at his trainer during a training session.
Caption revised: @shut.down.captivity