Friday, August 10, 2012

Baby Beluga Dies!

Baby Beluga, the whale who inspired the popular children’s song "Baby Beluga" is dead!

It was reported Baby Beluga named Kavna died Monday afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium. She spent 46 years of her life at the aquarium. She was well taken care off thus, she lived much longer than the average beluga whale.

There was a preliminary autopsy that was did shows Kavna likely died of cancer. Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena said, there were the lesions and tumors he found “are most consistent with cancer, and that is unfortunately a disease we associate with age,” Belugas typically live 25 to 30 years.

Singer/songwriter Raffi Cavoukian visited the aquarium, he wrote the popular children song. He said, “Baby beluga in the deep blue sea, swim so wild and you swim so free. Heaven above and the sea below, and a little white whale on the go.”

She had a profound impact on me when I met her in 1979,

Kavna even came out of the water and placed a gentle, graceful kiss on my cheek and I couldn’t stop talking about it for a couple weeks.”

The song the Raffi wrote is about a free whale living in the sea, but not Kavna who spent her entire life in captivity.

That encounter inspired the song ‘Baby Beluga,’ and as I like to say, the song set the whale free,
 “Life is complex and it brings us situations that have silver linings and give us something that they wouldn’t ordinarily have given.”

Raffi said it was tough hearing the news of Kavna’s passing.

I felt sad and I also felt a lot of joy for the privilege of having gotten to know her and the fact that she stirred me to write that song,” he told the Vancouver Sun.

More tests are planned to be done on Kavna, to rule out other possible causes of death, like bacteria and fungi. Sadly, Kavna was the third beluga to die at the aquarium in the recent years.

The good news, there are still two beluga whales still at the aquarium, a mother and daughter named Aurora and Qila.


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