Corky II. I love this beautiful lady. She is just so strong, and despite everything humans have put her through she still has so much grace and mercy towards us, especially considering her size and intelligence.
Corky has gone through so much in her life; she has had seven unsuccessful pregnancies, her longest living calf was 96 days old. Bet you'll never guess why her babies didn't survive... Failure to nurse. Because her tank was small and circular, Corky had a tough time steering her newborns away from the walls so they wouldn't smack their head against it. As a result of her always having to push her calves with her nose, they got confused as to where they were supposed to nurse... They all ended up starving to death. This happened to each live calf that Corky mothered (or attempted to). Eventually, she was sold to Sea World San Diego, California where she currently lives. Here, she's become a foster mother to several orfaned orca calves that were seperated from their mothers for SeaWorld's selfish reasons (with the exception of Orkid and Sumar). Their names, excluding the two I already listed: Keet, Splash, Keto, and Ikaika (somewhat).
Corky is a Northern Resident killer whale born in 1966 who was taken from her family back in 1969 at only three years old. Sadly, because of the captures that took place in the decade surrounding that time, Corky's own family is endangered. The only other Resident orca besides Corky that's still alive in captivity today is Lolita, who is a Southern Resident captured a year after Corky.
So sad, but mostly pathetic, how human greed and need for entertainment can cause the destruction and near-extinction of such a beautiful animal....
*Please take note that Corky still has family that is very much alive in the wild: Her mother, A23 (Stripe), who passed away about a decade ago; her younger sister, A64 (Ripple), who is currently the matriarch of what's left of her small family pod of five orcas; and her youngest brother, A60 (Fife); Corky's niece, A63 (Midsummer); and Midsummer's latest calf (Corky's great-niece.)