The SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team is now caring for another manatee suffering from cold stress: a 6-foot-long, 320-pound juvenile male who arrived last night from Jacksonville. This is the second rescued cold-stressed manatee this week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued this manatee from Mill Cove in Jacksonville, Fla., and transported it to SeaWorld Orlando, where was given fluids and antibiotics to treat possible infection.
Over the next several weeks, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team will monitor the manatee’s progress, along with the five other rescued cold-stressed manatees that the team is currently treating.
Last year, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team rescued 14 manatees and successfully returned nine 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 24,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than five decades.
As part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), SeaWorld Orlando is an acute care rehabilitation facility that provides life-saving medical care to rescued manatees.
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