After Calf’s Death, Orca Mother Carries It For Days In ‘Tragic Tour Of Grief’

After Calf’s Death, Orca Mother Carries It For Days In ‘Tragic Tour Of Grief’

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The mother orca, known as J-35, pushes her dead calf to the surface last week off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The infant orca died shortly after its birth, but its mother has been observed carrying it with her in the days afterward.

What began as a moment of joy ended in tragedy when the infant died last week. Since then its mother has refused to let go, holding her child tightly in what experts call a moving expression of grief.

(Image credit: Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP)

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