SeaWorld San Antonio welcomes last baby killer whale

In this image provided by SeaWorld Parks& Entertainment orca Takara helps guide her newborn to the water's surface at SeaWorld San Antonio, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in San Antonio. The company based in Orlando, Fla., announced the birth Wednesday. (Chris Gotshall/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment via AP)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - SeaWorld San Antonio is celebrating the birth of the last killer whale that will be born at one of its parks.

The orca's birth Wednesday afternoon comes in the wake of a decision by the company in 2016 to stop breeding killer whales.

The mother, 25-year-old Takara, was already pregnant when SeaWorld said it stopped the breeding program. The gestation period for orcas is about 18 months. SeaWorld says the mother had a smooth delivery and both appeared healthy.

SeaWorld's chief zoological officer, Chris Dold, told The Associated Press by phone that the birth was one of those "extraordinary moments."

SeaWorld didn't immediately name the calf because the park's veterinarians had not yet determined whether it was male or female.

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