An orphaned manatee calf was rescued near Palm Coast, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 7, by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and then transported to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation and long-term care. This is the second manatee brought to SeaWorld for rehabilitation within the past week.
The estimated 3-month-old male manatee was found dehydrated and very thin at around 62 pounds. SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team is tube feeding him three times a day and will continue to monitor his health around-the-clock. Manatee calves normally nurse for one to two years. They depend on their mothers not only for nutrition, but also for learning about feeding and resting areas.
If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.