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Animals  (tags: manatee, Cape Cod, Florida, wildlife, rescue )

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A manatee, normally found in warm tropical waters, is cruising the waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wildlife officials there are keeping an eye on the adult manatee and waiting for a Florida rescue team to arrive and take it back home.


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RC deWinter (418)
Friday October 10, 2008, 3:08 am
Although videotape showed this manatee has lost an eye and a flipper - likely boat injuries - officials in Massachusetts are hopeful that it is strong enough to survive until it can be taken back to Florida, the usual manatee habitat. Let's all hope this gentle giant makes it home safely.

Dee C (23)
Friday October 10, 2008, 4:09 am
Definitely hope so..
Thanks Cate..

Pete Conrads (91)
Friday October 10, 2008, 4:34 am
Hope the manatee makes it, thanks Cate

Pamylle G (458)
Friday October 10, 2008, 4:51 am
I wonder what the poor fellow is doing so far North...may he be well and live happily. Bravo to those who care and are helping out !

Sheila G (267)
Friday October 10, 2008, 5:19 am
poor baby! he needs a name! Bless this manatee!
ty Cate, something to hope for.

Tsandi Crew (95)
Friday October 10, 2008, 5:19 am
Must have gotten bored there in Florida with all those old people!

Christine A (57)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:04 am
Thanks for this, Cate!

Hope this 'sweetheart' makes it home safely!

If we had at least half the cars, boats (even planes) off the roads, water and air, the world's wildlife would be far better off! Incredible amount of species killed by vehicles especially.

Gayle M (444)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:18 am
What is this sweetie doing u there ? I loved to watch the Manatees in Florida's canals.

Joycey B (750)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:30 am
Thanks for this story that has a happy ending Cate.

Estella Ameigh (22)
Friday October 10, 2008, 7:07 am
Thanks Cate. Such a beautiful creature.

Elderberry T (201)
Friday October 10, 2008, 7:47 am
These are such gentle creatures...thanks cate

RC deWinter (418)
Friday October 10, 2008, 8:56 am
Yes, as stupid as it may seem to some, I am asking Kwan Yin to watch over this beautiful, harmless creature so that he lives to enjoy swimming in the tropical warmth again.

Marian E (152)
Friday October 10, 2008, 9:46 am

Not stupid at all Cate. Thoughts from a loving heart. Bless you.


. (0)
Friday October 10, 2008, 9:55 am
God bless the mantee

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday October 10, 2008, 11:18 am
I love manatees! Get him in a hot tub on a plane back down south!

Noted, thank you for posting!

Louise L (48)
Friday October 10, 2008, 2:13 pm
Asking Kwan Yin for a favor is never stupid; she loves animals and plants. I'll also be hoping for his health to stay good, and that they'll get him out of there soon. That water will freeze his patootie off in a couple monthes! Thanks, Ombretta.

Pat B (354)
Friday October 10, 2008, 5:20 pm
Thank you for this post, Cate. I hope this big guy makes it. keep us posted, k? thankx!

Denice G (45)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:04 pm
Thanks Cate. How strange he would be so far from home.

RC deWinter (418)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:07 pm
DENNIS, Mass. (AP) -- Massachusetts wildlife officials are teaming with Sea World this weekend in a plan to rescue a lost manatee from Cape Cod waters and ship it to Florida.

Chris Cutter of the International Fund for Animal Welfare said it's still uncertain what day they'll try to move the manatee from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis.

But he said the animal must be moved soon for its own health.

Manatees are normally found off Georgia and Florida and aren't used to the Cape's increasingly cold waters. If it gets too cold, manatees stop feeding.

Cutter said this manatee seems to be in pretty good health, despite a left eye problem and flipper scar.

The rescue would involve trapping the manatee in a net and moving it to a plane headed to Sea World in Florida, which has a program to rehabilitate manatees.

Lynnzie S (40)
Friday October 10, 2008, 6:24 pm
Thanks for sending this to me

Debbie L (180)
Friday October 10, 2008, 9:51 pm
Thanks Cate. I hope they get this beauty home soon before he or she becomes ill from the cold waters.

Evelyn Z (300)
Friday October 10, 2008, 10:05 pm
Come on home gentle giant.

Thanks Cate

Jillyanne Michelle Cape (718)
Friday October 10, 2008, 11:05 pm
I love manatees. Hope it gets home safely.

Saturday October 11, 2008, 1:27 am

Blacktiger P (247)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 1:57 am
Noted, another displaced sea mammal because of global warming. Hope it is taken home soon as the northern waters are no place for it to spend the winter.

Steven Charles (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 3:37 am
Ahhh, God bless, love him (or her?!!). Let's hope then rescue operation is a success and this Manatee is soon home again nice and warm where he belongs. Thanks and good luck to all involved with the rescue.

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 6:03 am
Thanks to James H., we now know that the manatee has been nicknamed "Dennis" by the harbormaster. So let's all send good vibes to Dennis that he gets home safely.

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 6:04 am
From the Cape Cod Times: Seeing the sea cow in Dennis Thanks, James!

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 10:10 am

Dennis the Manatee Rescued!

Wendy Watson (55)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 12:07 pm
Any help for this beautiful sea creature is most welcome. Bless him and I hope they get to him in time for his rescue.
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