Today’s post by Voice of the Orcas includes horrifying testimony from former animal care handler Cynthia Payne. The post is tragic enough in itself as Cynthia talks about heartbreaking stories surrounding Gudrun, Nyar and Gwen. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s a must-read.
What stirred things even further was a comment posted by another former employee, KJ. KJ describes more details about the night that Daniel Dukes, Tilikum’s second victim, was found dead on Tilikum’s back. According to his comment, KJ says that there was a calf at the park during that time. When there is a calf, there should be a minimum of FOUR night-watch trainers.
According to Sam Berg, another former trainer, the night watch trainers job is to take respirations on every animal twice an hour for 5 minutes. Where were they? How could they have missed a dead body in the pool all night?
People have questioned the circumstances of Duke’s death for a long time, but this only brings up the point even more. Not one, but four, people in the area and NOBODY saw or heard anything? It seems rather suspicious.
Those who were present at the time of Dawn’s death in 2010 stated that they could hear and see commotion from A pool, the opposite side of Shamu Stadium. I find it hard to believe that anyone in the area could have missed what happened, much less all four. Where were they? SeaWorld has also maintained that there is no video surveillance that showed what happened. What about the Sky Tower camera? Where was the security guard? The guard is known to stop by the area every few hours to check on things.
Many have wondered how Dukes got into the pool. Did he jump? Was he pulled in? SeaWorld report states that Dukes drowned, but there are so many questions left unanswered. His body was dismembered, genitals removed. Did that happen before or after his death?
It has been easy for SeaWorld to once again blame the victim here, especially since he is not here to defend himself.
We might never have the answers, but it does make you wonder.