We're glad because it was an accident and he's a wild animal!
Tilikum, the killer whale who was involved in the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, will "remain an active contributing member of the team, despite what happened…No animal is ever subject to any punishment and Tilikum is no exception."
Dawn's family also released an official statement:
“You have all heard what an amazing trainer Dawn Brancheau was, and that is true.
She was the best. It came natural to her. Being a trainer was a lifelong dream that she achieved.
She loved her job and she loved her animals. For her husband, family and friends, Dawn was so much more—a compassionate and loving person who lived life to the fullest.
She touched so many lives. To those who loved her and suffered a tremendous loss, one so unexpected, it is extremely difficult to even process or comprehend at this time. Our family sincerely appreciates everyone’s prayers and compassion and thoughts for Dawn and her husband and family. While we understand that this tragic event is capturing headlines across the country, at this time our family needs space and privacy to absorb our loss. We sincerely hope that the media will honor this request.”
Our thoughts are still with her family as they grieve.
[Image via CBS.]