Qannik showed more small signs of improvement today, officials with the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium said. He’s less dehydrated, his white blood cell count is approaching normal and his kidney function is better.
“But he’s not out of the woods yet,” said curator Karen Goodrowe Beck. The 8-year-old beluga whale, who has been suffering from an unknown kind of infection, was less playful today than he was yesterday.
See Qannik when he was feeling his oats: