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Beluga whale, Tyonek, being treated around the clock

Tyonek, the stranded baby beluga whale rescued in 2017, is under constant care at SeaWorld San Antonio while he undergoes treatment for digestive and inflammation issues.

“Tyonek, the endangered beluga calf found abandoned in Western Cook Inlet, Alaska, has been under treatment for persistent digestive challenges since he was rescued more than a year ago,” according to a statement from SeaWorld.

It’s unclear how severe the beluga’s condition is, but SeaWorld said he is receiving constant care to help him recover.

“For the past several days he has been treated for inflammation and continued digestive issues by our team of veterinary and beluga specialists at SeaWorld San Antonio.  He appears to be responding to treatment and showing some positive improvement.  Our teams continue to provide round-the-clock care as we do everything possible to help him recover.”

Tyonek is the first whale from the endangered Cook Inlet population to survive in human care. After the four-week-old whale was rescued on Sept. 30, 2017, Tyonek was brought to the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward, where he was cared for on a 24/7 basis. He was moved from the Sea Life Center to San Antonio in March 2018.

In October, SeaWorld reported that Tyonek was doing well in the rehabilitation process.