March 30, 2011

Tilikum's Return to Believe!

Today Tilikum returned to Believe after a little over a year ago's tragedy. He was known as Tili or better known than Shamu. He was removed after the incident but still was involved with the trainers and other whales backstage. His big return happened today at the 11:30 show where a packed stadium watched and cheered him on. Here is a video of Tilikum's return from Barb Nefer:

Here is a statement from Kelly Flaherty Clark, Animal Training Curator, SeaWorld Orlando about Tilikum's return to Believe:

"As previously announced in February, SeaWorld has resumed Tilikum’s participation in the current killer whale show, “Believe.”
Participating in shows is just a portion of Tilikum’s day, but we feel it is an important component of his physical, social and mental enrichment. He has been regularly interacting with his trainers and the other whales for purposes of training, exercise and social and mental stimulation, and has enjoyed access to all of the pools in the Shamu Stadium complex.
We will be using the same methods in caring for Tilikum that have been in place for more than a year."

Believe will close later next month and be replaced by One Ocean soon after which will include Tilikum also.


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