Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tillikum, the Killer Whale
Mom has been sort of obsessed with watching videos on the internet and reading articles and stuff because she is trying to understand why this whale would kill his trainer. I told her that only Tillikum knows the real reason why he did what he did. If he had a blog, like I have, he might be able to explain his actions, but since he doesn't have a blog, we will never know for sure.
Anyway, since Tillikum had this history, the trainers at SeaWorld were not allowed to get in the water with him. But he did tricks and stuff by the edge of the pool, which you can see in a video that is on the internet that was taken by a tourist just a few minutes before Ms. Brancheau got killed. Some other trainers and experts on whales think that what happened was that Ms. Brancheau was lying down in the shallow water with her face near Tillikum's head, and then her long ponytail got into the water, and Tillikum grabbed it because he thought it might be an interesting and fun toy. So he pulled her into the water with him and he shook her and took her underwater with him, and she got all these injuries, and she drowned.
Sometimes when people get bit by an animal, like by their dog, for example, they say, "She bit me for no reason." But they are wrong about this because there is always a reason. Humans may not understand why a dog bites a person, but the dog has a good reason and is just acting like a dog. Maybe it's just that she's scared or got spooked, or maybe her instinct makes her act a certain way, like when the greyhounds attacked Gabe, which was kind of a pack thing. People may not think it makes sense, but it makes total sense to the dog.
Well, anyway, getting back to killer whales, I did some in-depth research about them and how the wild ones live, and I will tell you all that Important Information tomorrow because if I try to tell you today, it will make my blog way too long.