Killer killer whale re­turns

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

Ti­likum TI­LIKUM the killer whale was last night due to give a pub­lic per­for­mance at SeaWorld Or­lando for the first time since he dragged a trainer un­der wa­ter by her pony­tail and killed her over a year ago. The 5.4-tonne male orca will fea­ture in a per­for­mance of ‘‘ Be­lieve’’, SeaWorld’s main killer whale show, af­ter the com­pany’s pres­i­dent Jim Atchi­son signed off on the de­ci­sion. Crit­ics are ques­tion­ing the move be­cause Ti­likum had also been in­volved in the death of a trainer at Sealand in Canada in 1991. In 1999, a home­less man broke into SeaWorld Or­lando and was found dead in Ti­likum’s pool.

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