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Rescued Manatee Gives Birth To Healthy Calf (Video)

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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1:04PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

I love manatees. Thanks for the news!

3:19AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

New life, a new hope

8:16AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

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!

4:07PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Great video! Thanks for posting!

1:04PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

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.

11:28PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Good news.!!

5:41AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

welcome little big one

7:07AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Manatees are awesome.

7:03AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

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

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