Thursday, 23 April 2009

Tacoma's Last Beluga Leaving to Breed

Tacoma's last beluga going to San Antonio
The Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma says its last beluga is being moved to Sea World in San Antonio to add his genes to a whale breeding program.

TACOMA, Wash. —
The Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma says its last beluga is being moved to Sea World in San Antonio to add his genes to a whale breeding program.

Moving Beethoven will leave the aquarium without a beluga. His companion Qannik (kah-NIK') died in March of a blood infection.

The 16-year-old Beethoven has been at Point Defiance since 1998.

Zoo officials say they plan to fill his tank with some of the sea lions that are being relocated from the Columbia River to stop them from feeding on endangered salmon.

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SOURCE: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009109005_apwatacomabeluga.html

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