December 21st was Kalia's 10th birthday. Like other orcas at SeaWorld, she was able to "celebrate" with a jello treat. While watching the video below, one might be struck by what happens as well as the words coming out of the trainer's mouth.
Kalia and her calf, commonly referred to as "Baby K", were brought out during the "Side By Side" segment of "One Ocean". Kalia was asked to do a few behaviors and at times the calf can be seen surfacing for breath, others, you don't know she is even there, The show then stops briefly to talk about Kalia's birthday as the trainers feed her jello while her mother Kasatka and brother Makani watch. This is a practice more for us than it is for the animals. After all, it is unlikely that Kalia or any of the orcas have any idea that it's a day unlike the last and it is anthropomorphic to suggest otherwise. Furthermore, it is rare for an orca to be getting their treats without another whale nearby watching which, in my opinion, can only be described as teasing.