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Orca birth called bittersweet

SeaWorld says calf is parks’ last that will be born in captivity

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Photographs by AP/CHRIS GOTSHALL

In this image provided by SeaWorld, orca Takara helps guide her newborn to the surface Wednesday at the SeaWorld park in San Antonio.

The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio just over a year after the theme park decided to stop breeding orcas in response to animal-welfare protests and declining ticket sales.

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