SeaWorld Orlando now Caring for Sub-adult Female Manatee Rescued near Jacksonville, Florida
A sub-adult female manatee was rescued yesterday from the St. John’s River near Jacksonville, Fla. Sea2Shore had been monitoring the manatee for the past week and notified the Jacksonville Electrical Authority of her distress. The SeaWorld Rescue Team was then called to assist with her rescue after the animal began showing signs of cold stress and was not leaving the area to feed.
The 7-foot-long manatee was rescued by the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team with assistance from Sea2Shore and Florida Fish and Wildlife staff and volunteers. She was then transported to SeaWorld Orlando, where the park’s animal care team and veterinary staff performed a complete health exam and began providing an antibiotic treatment. The manatee will receive around-the-clock care, including regular tube feedings and fluids, and her health will continue to be monitored.
The rescued manatee is considered to be in guarded condition and is showing initial signs of cold stress, including whitening of the facial skin, and is underweight. The team remains cautiously optimistic she will make a full recovery and their goal, as with every rescue, is to return the manatee back to her natural environment.
So far in 2013, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 18 and returned 10 manatees back to their natural environment. In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 22,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than four decades.
The Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) is a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees. Information about manatees currently being tracked is available at www.wildtracks.org.
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.