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morgan the orca's court case News

Dr. Visser says park suing her over report submitted in court Special

Amsterdam - Two days before presenting a comprehensive report on the condition of orca Morgan in an Amsterdam court case, scientist Dr. Ingrid Visser said she received a letter threatening legal action from the park, if the report was not retracted.
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Dr Ingrid Visser presents verbal testimony in orca court case Special

Amsterdam - New Zealand scientist Dr. Ingrid Visser, presented a verbal report to an Amsterdam court about the condition of a young female orca named Morgan. Morgan's health she says, has been rapidly declining since she was sent to Loro Parque in Tenerife last year.
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During a training session  Morgan (partially obscured behind rail)  rises out of the water in an att...
Photo © Dr Ingrid N. Visser
During a training session, Morgan (partially obscured behind rail), rises out of the water in an attempt to avoid a bite from one of the two orca in the tank with her (Skyla and Kohana). This photo is one of a sequence of images, showing the open mouth and teeth progressed along Morgan’s body as she rose up and then slid down, to try to avoid the conflict.
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Note the trainers standing to the right. During all the attacks recorded by the author the trainers ...
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Note the trainers standing to the right. During all the attacks recorded by the author the trainers were present, yet ignored them.
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Morgan exhibits a hypertrophic scar on her lower jaws  most likely a result of repeatedly banging he...
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Morgan exhibits a hypertrophic scar on her lower jaws, most likely a result of repeatedly banging her chin on the concrete walls. Such stereotypic behaviour can become self mutilating to the point where the subcutaneous injury can become painful and itchy. Further damage to Morgan’s rostrum through stereotypic behaviour inflicted on (2 July 2012). The trainers (on the day she inflicted these wounds and after they were inflicted) commanded her to push a ball repeatedly on the end of rostrum.
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Loro Parque s owner Wolfgang Kiessling (right) with Brad Andrews  Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWo...
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Loro Parque's owner Wolfgang Kiessling (right) with Brad Andrews, Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. (left).
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Morgan is engaging in one of her stereotypical behaviors here explained Visser.  Spyhopping up and d...
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Morgan is engaging in one of her stereotypical behaviors here explained Visser. "Spyhopping up and down in one location is similar to ‘rocking’ behavior in autistic children – in that it is abnormal and repetitive."
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Morgan is being used in  commercially driven shows  said Visser. This is in  direct violation of the...
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Morgan is being used in "commercially driven shows" said Visser. This is in "direct violation of the EU Export certificate, issued exclusively for research purposes", she added.
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