Bella the beluga whale dies at SeaWorld San Antonio

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by Jeff Anastasio / KENS 5

kens5.com

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 4:19 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- The SeaWorld community is mourning the loss of a beloved beluga whale.

Bella died Sunday after a brief illness, according to a statement issued by SeaWorld.

Specifics on the illness were not released but a necropsy is scheduled to be performed. SeaWorld said the results will not be available for several weeks.

The 4-year-old whale was born in San Antonio back in 2009 to Crissy.  KENS 5's Deborah Knapp spent some time with Bella in 2009 before the animal made her public debut. The public was invited to vote online and give a name to Bella.  

According to SeaWorld, the park is home to nine other beluga whales.

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