How do you force an 11,000 pound animal to perform. They use what we see as a performance to stimulate the animals. As far as putting the whales together I'm pretty sure that's how they get baby whales. I think the whale in question is with other whales right now. I realy think that zoo's and that type of exhibits are extremely beneficial to the animals. As was previously stated, people won't work to protect an animal that they have no emotional investment in. Researchers also have learned alot about the behavior and intelligence of the animals by observing them closer than would be possible in the wild particullarly in the case of migratory marine life like whales. If keeping a few whales in captivity increases our knowledge of these animals then it is well worth it.
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