Kavna is est. to have been born in about 1969 (which would make her about 42 years old). She came to live at the facility in 1976, after she was captured near Churchill, Manitoba. When Kavna was captured, she was pregnant, but no one knew or suspected it. The staff was shocked when she went in labor and gave birth to a calf they would name Tuaq. Sadly, 4 months later Tuaq died of malnutrition and a bacterial infection.
Kavna is dominate over Imaq, and does not like to socialize with him. This leaves Imaq board, somewhat bullied, and lonely. He does not have much to do in their tiny little tank, and spends much of his time just swimming in circles. Kavna, does not seem to mind the size of the tank, but she longs to be in the main tank, where she plays with her human visitors in the giant underwater viewing area.
I hope that everyone will join in the effort to help these to special belugas. They need your help, badly. We must put the animals best interest first and tell the Vancouver to either make a larger tank for Imaq, send him to a new facility that can give him more space, or even better....send him home! Remember Freedom is the ultimate goal, but in the mean time, we must demand that these animals are given the best care possible!
You can find more information about Imaq and the group trying to help him, Captive Ambassadors, by clicking here.