Rescued Manatee Gives Birth To Healthy Calf (Video)

When SeaWorld’s Animal Care Team rescued a severely injured manatee in June, they didn’t know they were really saving the lives of two animals. The recovering female gave birth to a healthy calf on July 18.

Veterinarians aren’t yet sure about the gender of the newborn, but officials at SeaWorld Orlando say the mother manatee is nursing and bonding with her calf in a back area pool away from the public. The Animal Care Team is keeping a 24-hour watch on the family.

June 8 SeaWorld was called to Merritt Island, FL to help the 10-foot-long manatee who had severely injured her front right flipper on a crab pot line. The animal had also become tangled in a fishing line that wrapped around both of her front flippers.

Veterinarians had to amputate the right flipper of the 1,380 pound female while they bandaged her other wounds. Soon after the team began to suspect the manatee was pregnant, based on her plump size. A sonogram confirmed the pregnancy and six weeks later the calf was born.

Mother and calf will be released back to Brevard County waters as soon veterinarians feel sure the two have fully bonded. So far, SeaWorld has rescued 12 manatees in 2012.

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Photo Credit: USFWS/Southeast Photo Credit: USFWS/Southeast


Sabine H.
Sabine H.2 years ago


Stacy S.
Stacy S.3 years ago

I love manatees. Thanks for the news!

Fiona T.
Fi T.3 years ago

New life, a new hope

Angela Dench4 years ago

They "rescued" her and her calf?! I think not! They are now imprisoned and have a miserable life ahead of them being exploited for human entertainment! These hideous places need to be closed down!

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

Great video! Thanks for posting!

Betty Schueler
Betty Schueler4 years ago

If we get to come back in any form, when we die, I hope to come back as a manatee. They are such incredibly laid-back creatures. Hopefully I can return before humans so I won't get tangled in any netting.

Jaime  Alexande Alves
Jaime Alves4 years ago

Good news.!!

Abbe A.
Azaima A.4 years ago

welcome little big one

Valentina R.
Valentina R.4 years ago

Manatees are awesome.

Peggy R.
Peggy Reynolds4 years ago

Thanks SeaWorld for the work you do to save our sea life.