Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mother manatee taken to SeaWorld care facilities after being struck by motorboat

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 4:07 PM

click to enlarge The young orphaned female is being nursed back to health in SeaWorld Orlando's critical care facility. - SEAWORLD
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  • The young orphaned female is being nursed back to health in SeaWorld Orlando's critical care facility.
Last week, a 1,255 pound mother manatee, along with her calf and an orphaned manatee, were rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorities and taken to SeaWorld care facilities. 

Due to obvious impact scars, SeaWorld says the mother manatee was struck by a boat near Ormond Beach and has shown some progress over the past week. The company says her status has improved but they "remain guarded," according to a press release. The mother's calf is recovering fine.

However the orphaned calf, which was found near Satellite Beach, needed "immediate nutrimental support" and is still under 24 hour watch. 

So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 11 manatees and returned 13 to the wild.

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