Foster says that when he visited Loro Parque Morgan was mostly kept isolated from the other killer whales in the small medical pool, and that she looked very lethargic. "She's like the red-headed step-child and is being picked on by the other animals," he explains. "I think there is no question that if they can't integrate her into that killer whale group she will succumb to some sort of illness or stress-related problem. And I don't think she will ever fit in."
Foster also dismissed concerns that Morgan's hearing impairment would prohibit her return to an ocean environment. "There are plenty of animals out there who have loss of hearing or are blind, and they do fine out there," he says. "These animals are very adaptable. If we could integrate her into her family or another group then she should be fine."
If the Dutch court does conclude that the decisions sending Morgan to Loro Parque were incorrectly made, there would presumably be ongoing legal proceedings required, likely in Spanish courts, to try and remove Morgan from Loro Parque. If Morgan gets pregnant, however, any effort to move her from Loro Parque could be short-circuited. That is the X-Factor that Visser worries about most. She believes that Morgan is being placed frequently with Keto, who has sired two calves at Loro Parque, for just this reason. A recent medical assessment of Morgan, commissioned by Loro Parque, indicates that Morgan, who is believed to be 5-6 years old (Visser thinks she could be a little older), noted the recent onset of "ovarian cyclic activity." Most wild female killer whales don't give birth for the first time until they are a few years older than Morgan. But Kohana, a female at Loro Parque with Morgan, got pregnant with her first calf when she was just about 7. So, Morgan appears to be entering a life stage where pregnancy is possible.