SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal investigators have closed their probe of an injured 11-year-old orca at San Diego's SeaWorld, supporting the park's conclusions and rejecting claims from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that the wound came from other whales attacking.
U-T San Diego reports Thursday the U.S. Department of Agriculture ended its investigation spurred by a PETA complaint saying SeaWorld was keeping incompatible animals together in violation of federal law.
The orca, named Nakai, lost a dinner-plate-sized chunk of jaw Sept. 20. The USDA concluded the wound likely came from scraping the track that holds gates between pools at Shamu Stadium.
PETA issued a statement saying the USDA findings ignore expert conclusions that the injury could only have been caused by dangerous conditions in the "concrete bathtub" where Nakai is "imprisoned."
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