Kalia had her head between the metal edge and the metal gate. If this is intentional as Seaworld claims, is the intention to hurt herself? Seems like a risky way to play around in the last term of pregnancy. If Kalia does have the tendency to play in the gates, shouldn't she be monitored even closer so it doesn't hurt her or her unborn calf, especially given the history with Kotar playing with gates?
After seeing SeaWorld's follow up video Ventre adds that, "It's in their best interest to publicly downplay any health threat that gates present. Not only did Kotar get his head crushed in a pneumatic gate that he was playing with. The horizontal steel bars on the gate are the primary objects that the orcas break their teeth on, via 'jaw popping.'"
I asked about her biting down on the metal edge that she was pinned against, and regarding that Ventre says "biting the concrete is called a stereotypy. It's a repetitive behavior in a captive animal given inadequate mental stimulation. It's neurotic for sure."
Why doesn't SeaWorld mention Kalia's late-term pregnancy? Why are they downplaying this so fervently? In their video the camera pulls away from the monitor when Kalia starts to struggle and focuses on the defensive rhetoric instead.
It's a better angle for SeaWorld but it's not the truth.
Doth protest too much, SeaWorld.