**UPDATE** Orphaned Manatee Calf Rescued from Indian River Doing Well and Taking Formula from a Bottle
An orphaned manatee calf that was rescued July 21 from the Indian River in Port St. John, Fla., is responding well to treatment and is almost ready to start eating solid foods. The female calf, now approximately nine weeks old, is being bottle fed by members of the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team every three hours around the clock . The formula was created at SeaWorld and consists of a special mixture of infant formulas, tropical oils, nutrients and water.
When the calf first arrived at SeaWorld it weighed 48 pounds. After six weeks of rehabilitation, it now weighs 71 pounds. The calf will continue to receive round-the-clock care, including regular bottle feedings, until she’s ready for solid foods such as lettuce; and her health will continue to be monitored.