Baby orca Toa buried by Ngāti Toa

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The stranded baby orca Toa passed away over the weekend and has been taken by iwi to be buried.

The Department of Conservation announced the news on Sunday.

Toa was believed to be between four and six months old. Therefore, he would still have been reliant on his mother’s milk. The DOC and rescuers had been trying to keep him alive with a formula mixture.

However, Toa eventually passed away peacefully. Experts expected that this would occur as it is difficult to keep such young whales captive without their mother.

Department of Conservation marine species manager Ian Angus said they had tried to make Toa as comfortable as possible.

Angus also said that Toa’s body was treated with dignity and respect. No autopsy was needed and burial arrangements were made with Ngāti Toa Rangatira.

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Shyan
Shyan
3 months ago

Poor Orca

tony
tony
3 months ago

thats sad

Kaylee
Kaylee
2 months ago

this is so sad ;(

Grape
Grape
2 months ago

That is so sad!!!! I was happy that a baby orca was saved but now it is buried

water melon
water melon
2 months ago

Awww, he sounded like a very playful baby Orca! That is so sad!

Em Em
Em Em
2 months ago

sad

clare
clare
2 months ago

so sad ):

K.L
K.L
2 months ago

I enjoyed reading about this sad death

Sasha
Sasha
1 month ago

That is one of the most tragic stories I’ve heard! Poor Toa

marissa
marissa
1 month ago

I was so sad when I heard this. I absolutely love orcas as they are my favourite mammal. I’ve spent countless hours researching about them and I am so sad. May he rest in peace. 🙁

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