‘Very saddened’: Toa, the orphaned baby orca that enthralled New Zealand, is buried

‘Very saddened’: Toa, the orphaned baby orca that enthralled New Zealand, is buried

Orca cared for by hundreds of volunteers and experts in bitter cold after becoming separated from its pod two weeks ago

An orphaned baby orca that captured the hearts of people across New Zealand has been farewelled at a special ceremony and taken away for burial, ending a desperate mission to reunite it with its pod.

The young calf, named Toa – which means brave or strong in Māori – was thought to be between two and six months old, and became stranded on rocks north of Wellington two weeks ago with minor injuries.

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