The boy in the video plays happily with his toy orca and has him with him day and night. What happens at the end of the commercial is both surprising and just plain beautiful.
At the beginning of the commercial, the boy happily plays with his toy orca in the bathtub and then falls asleep with him afterwards. The next day we go to the beach and of course the mini orca comes with us. First, the little one plays with his favorite toy in the sand before a heartbreaking punch line ensues: the boy releases the orca into the open sea, smiles, waves, and watches the orca (now grown) swim happily towards the horizon!
The toy manufacturer “Munchkin” responsible for the commercial writes at the end that they have taken the toy orca out of the range to send a signal that the big, dear whales should not be kept in captivity. “Because a bathtub isn’t big enough for an orca.” More than 50 of the gentle giants live in captivity worldwide and are kept in anything but species-appropriate ways, for example for orca shows.
In the wild, orcas travel many kilometers a day, which of course is not possible in the pools of amusement parks and zoos. It’s a good thing that there are companies that are committed to protecting the impressive giants and are thus taking a stand against animal cruelty.
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