15 Aug '12, 7pm

The baby beluga of ‘Baby Beluga’ has died at the age of 46

The baby beluga of ‘Baby Beluga’ has died at the age of 46

This could maybe pass as a Christoper Cross album cover? Parents and nursery school teachers singing the beloved children’s song “Baby Beluga” by Raffi (a.k.a. Raffi Cavoukian) will have to wipe away a tear today after the final chorus: Kavna, the whale who inspired the song, died of cancer Monday at the Vancouver Aquarium at the age of 46. In other news, you are old. Update: Raffi is now saying that the song wasn’t “about” Kavna, simply “inspired by” her. This seems like a pretty academic distinction but okay? Kavna, thought to be the oldest Beluga in captivity, first “met” (can an animal meet a person? People can meet animals but the opposite seems a bit silly, right?) Cavoukian in 1979. “Kavna even came out of the water and placed a gentle, graceful kiss on my cheek and I couldn’t stop talking about it for a couple of weeks!” said the child’s folk singer/environmental a...

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