After a weekend of apparent improvement, concern is growing once again for Aurora, the Vancouver Aquarium’s ailing beluga whale.
It’s been nearly a week since Qila the Beluga whale died, and her mother Aurora began showing similar symptoms including abdominal discomfort, cramping, and nausea.
Aquarium officials had said yesterday she was showing signs of recovery.
But her condition appears to have worsened. In a statement released this morning, the Aquarium says Aurora began showing new signs of abdominal discomfort late last night, prompting the facility’s head veterinarian to grow “increasingly concerned about her current state of health.”
“Under the guidance of our head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena, the team has adjusted her treatment, which includes therapy to help keep her comfortable, as they continue to do a deep exploration as to what might have changed.”
The Aquarium says staff have been with Aurora around the clock, and have been working with international experts in a bid to figure out what is wrong with her.
A necropsy performed on Qila last week proved inconclusive.
Aurora is the last of the Aquarium’s belugas still living at the facility, but it owns several other whales on breeding loan across the U.S.