"SeaWorld will keep whale despite trainer's death"
This is a very interesting story with a compelling Headline I choose to write or comment about. It amazes me to learn how a human life can become less important than that of an animal. Here are some excerpts from The Associated Press by Mike Schneider and Tamara Lush
Despite calls to free or destroy the animal, SeaWorld said Thursday it will keep the killer whale that drowned its trainer, but will suspend all orca shows while it decides whether to change the way handlers work with the behemoths.
Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old veteran trainer who adored whales, was rubbing Tilikum from a poolside platform when the 22-foot creature grabbed the woman's ponytail in its jaws and pulled her in. Witnesses said the whale played with Brancheau like a toy.
Tompkins defended SeaWorld's use of a whale that had already been blamed in the deaths of two other people.
"We didn't ignore those incidents," Tompkins said. "We work with him very, very carefully. We did not get in the water with this animal like we do with other killer whales because we recognized his potential."
"The show must go on" is what the SeaWorld’s administrators is implying because Shamu or Orca (the name of the killer whale) is known to be a multi- million dollar show, and it cannot be interrupted or stop over the death of an employee. The deaths of two other people in past evidently does not count on how people should trained on how to work with wild animals.
For money to be involved, I know this not a good way of remembering Dawn Brancheau: the trainer killer by the whale. A wild animal will always be a wild despite all attempts humans can do to tame it. Something in a wild animal can snap or they can develop a sudden burst tempter. So whoever is with that animal may experience a tragic moment just like Dawn.