Killer whale at SeaWorld knocks trainer off a wall

first_imgSAN DIEGO – A killer whale at SeaWorld Adventure Park was getting a sonogram to prepare for possible artificial insemination when she knocked her trainer off a low wall Tuesday. The 35-year-old trainer was taken to the hospital after suffering minor injuries after the bump from Orkid, a 5,900-pound whale, said SeaWorld spokeswoman Darla Davis. “She just lost her balance,” Davis said. The trainer, who hit her head and side in the tumble, was taken to a University of California, San Diego, hospital for examination and released Tuesday afternoon, park officials said. Her name was not released. The 19-year-old whale was getting her weekly ultrasound when she knocked the trainer off a wall next to the whale’s tank, said Dave Koontz, another park spokesman. He said it was unclear whether the whale intended to head-butt the trainer or accidentally bumped into her. SeaWorld monitors all of its female orcas for potential insemination. The park is reviewing the mishap. All but three of the 25 calves born in SeaWorld parks were conceived naturally, but the park hopes to use artificial insemination to bring genetic diversity to its whale population, said Dr. Todd Robeck, corporate director of animal reproduction for Anheuser-Busch Entertainment Corp., which owns SeaWorld. “It’s a lot easier to fly semen around the world than to fly a whale,” Robeck said. Whales are trained to roll on their sides so that veterinarians can put ultrasound probes against their flanks and monitor the orcas’ ovaries. Last November, Orkid grabbed a trainer and pushed him under water during a show at Shamu Stadium, tearing a ligament in the trainer’s left ankle. Koontz said trainers do not believe Orkid’s behavior was aggressive. That incident came two weeks before another trainer was bitten and held underwater several times by Kasatka, a 7,000-pound killer whale, during a show at Shamu Stadium. The trainer escaped with a broken foot and was hospitalized for three days.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bayern dominate PSG in pre-season friendly

first_img0Shares0000Timothy Weah got away from Bayern Munich defender Josip Stanisic to put Paris Saint-Germain ahead in Klagenfurt on Saturday. © AFP / Jure MakovecKLAGENFURT, Austria, Jul 21 – German champions Bayern Munich hit three second-half goals as they beat French titlists Paris Saint-Germain, 3-1, on Saturday in a friendly in Klagenfurt, Austria.PSG were without their World Cup winners, but they did start Adrien Rabiot, who refused to serve as a reserve for the French squad. Bayern were without their legion of German internationals, despite the national team’s early exit in Russia.PSG had the best of the first half and took the lead with a 31st minute goal by American Timothy Weah, the 18-year-old son of African legend George Weah.Bayern dominated the second half and struck three times in 18 minutes.Spaniard Javier Martinez opened the scoring past Gianluigi Buffon, the Italian veteran who joined PSG this summer.Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanchez and 17-year-old Dutch striker Joshua Zirkzee added the other two, after Buffon had gone off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more