Vancouver aquarium experts say the mother of the beluga whale who died earlier this week is showing signs of recovery – after she too became ill.
Aurora, the beluga whale, was suffering from abdominal discomfort, cramping and nausea following the death of her daughter Qila earlier this week.
But vets at the Vancouver aquarium say the whale is slowly starting to feel better.
Aquarium president Dr. John Nightingale told CKNW Weekend’s Jody Vance that they got a head start on Aurora’s treatment.
“When we started seeing the same symptoms in Aurora, two days later, everybody just say ‘no, no precautions here.’ We’ll throw everything at it.’ And that’s what they did in terms of antibiotics and other treatments. Hopefully, we might have got a one, or two-day jump.”
Aurora is looking brighter and little more interactive today. Our team is working intensively with her + performing additional diagnostics. pic.twitter.com/akzgGY1PXz
— Vancouver Aquarium (@vanaqua) November 19, 2016
He’s hopeful the whale will recover.
“She spent a comfortable and quiet night with staff, a couple of them, all through the night. She’s been given some fluid, some antibiotic and she’s a bit more responsive, looking at people and rolling on her side a bit.”
Aurora’s daughter Qila was the first beluga whale to be born in a Canadian aquarium, in 1995.
Aurora was taken from the wild in 1990 and is approximately 30-years-old.