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Dennis the Manatee Rescued!

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

- 3935 days ago -
Good news, friends. Dennis the wayward manatee, who has been swimming in the cold northern waters off Cape Cod for several days, is now on his way to Sea World in Orlando, Florida for rehabilitation. Thanks to James H. for the good news.


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RC deWinter (418)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 8:21 am
Click the link for a video of Dennis swimming off Cape Cod: The Real Dennis Swims


RC deWinter (418)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 8:23 am
Oh poop...just realized my boo-boo...that's not "our" Dennis...who knew there were two of them? Oh well...still a nice little vid.

Carolyn T (234)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 8:46 am
noted. LOL, is a nice video! Good news that Dennis is headed toward warmer waters. Thanks for something to cheer about this morning!

Carolyn T (234)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 8:48 am
Well...wonder if my post of a few moments ago will appear later? Care2 is in diarray again....still? lol. Thanks for the story and the laugh, Cate.

Tsandi Crew (95)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 8:55 am
Now, this makes my day! Thanks for keeping us up to date.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 8:57 am
Thanks ...great article and news...

kat yazzie (400)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 8:57 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 8:59 am
remindes my of humphrey the wayward whale that was in sacramento river good ending

ROBIN M (312)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 9:01 am

Laurie W (189)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 9:02 am
Just goes to show anything is possible when caring people become involved.
Thanks Cate for this update.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 9:05 am
A good news endeed! Thank you.

Gail Cline Schulman (35)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 9:14 am
Thanks ever so much for helping Dennis! This is great news!
Thanks so much!

Pamylle G (458)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 9:24 am
May Dennis have a long and healthy life. Thanks, Cate.

Joycey B (750)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 9:53 am
Thanks for this happy news. The best of luck to Dennis. Thanks Cate and James H.

Tj H (14)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 10:17 am
Thx Cate :^)

Barry Seth (118)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 10:20 am
Thanks Cate. It's good news for whichever Dennis it is.

Phyllis P (232)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 10:33 am
This made my day!!! Thanks Cate

. (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 10:41 am
wwooowwooooooo Great news

Kathy W (299)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 11:39 am
This is a nice little video. Thanks Cate. :)

Pat B (354)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 11:58 am
Thanks Cate, for the update. This is good news indeed! ;-)

Pirjo Sundqvist (172)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 12:06 pm
awww I´m a sucker for happy endings :)

Nevaeh M (75)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 12:28 pm
great news, thanks

Michele DiGiorgi (320)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 12:29 pm
HOORAH for Dennis! Gee, thanks Ombretta my beautiful friend for such lovely news! I was crossing my fingers on this one! Your a peach, and I am so happy for Dennis. This is a happy ending and such wonderful news! Noted with a smile.

Blessings to all,

Michele DiGiorgi (320)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 12:31 pm
BTW, the video is very moving, I wish Dennis a wonderful life in Florida. Thanks for sharing this video with us Cate.


. (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 12:55 pm
Whooo Hooo!!!! love these guys heading home, Hope they have a long life. Thanks Cate for the good news. Hugs

Jillyanne Michelle Cape (718)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 1:10 pm
Lovely... Thank you so much!

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 1:14 pm
How absolutely SENSATIOAL! It's like the Penguins in Brazil.
Louise B.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 1:34 pm
That is great news!! Thanks Cate!

Evelyn Z (300)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 1:41 pm
Thanks Cate! Glad to know he will be back home here in Fl today

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 1:57 pm
Love those manatees!:)

Andrew Russell (25)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 3:18 pm

Deborah Hooper (59)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 3:22 pm
WOOHOO! Yippee-I-O-KI-Ya!

. (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 3:51 pm
thank God i would have to put him in my bathtub if he didn't get help take good care of dennis

David Gould (155)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 5:30 pm
Hey did he want to be flown home...perhaps he was having a ball up there.

When these guys have finished could they come over here and remove a Gordon who has strayed too far south and return him to the North ever so grateful.

Elizabeth N (40)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 5:58 pm
Wonderful news, whoever's Dennis this is!

Gail L (30)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 6:20 pm
Thanks for the update.

James H (26)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 7:33 pm
They changed the link on cape cod times. Use this and scrool down.

Denice G (45)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 9:45 pm
Great news. Thanks Cate

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 9:59 pm
Thanks for the nice news. I m very happy to know.

Sunday October 12, 2008, 1:36 am

RC deWinter (418)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 5:19 am
James H sent me a new link from the Cape Cod Times...apparently the one attahed to the story is phhhbbbbtttt.....but if you go here Rescuing Dennis you WILL see a short video of them actually getting Dennis out of the water....Happy Sunday!

Sheila G (267)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 5:33 am
so what is the update on the other manatee, anyone? I had no idea two of them were in trouble! bravo for this one, hoping the same for the other, poor babys don't know which way is south anymore do they? not a wonder, look what we do to their waterworld.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 5:40 am
So,pardon me for asking,but will it be rehabilitated or used as entertainment like lolita...

RC deWinter (418)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 5:46 am
Sheila, the Texas Dennis is an old story and I think he's OK...this thread is about the Massachusetts Dennis...and Mick...I don't think Sea World uses manatees as entertainment....I believe the goal is to release him to his natural habitat.

Nora I (5)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 2:53 pm
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Dennis is dead.

RC deWinter (418)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 5:24 pm
EAST DENNIS — After a dramatic rescue yesterday morning, a wayward manatee known affectionately as Dennis died today with just one hour before he reached SeaWorld in Florida.

Chris Cutter, spokesman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said in a telephone interview this afternoon that the manatee, which gained fame last week after turning up in Sesuit Harbor in Dennis, passed away while being transported by truck to Florida.

Cutter had received text-message updates every couple of hours regarding Dennis. At 1:30 p.m. everything was going well and the manatee was expected to be in the water by 3 p.m. But an hour later, Dennis was dead.

“Everything looked to be encouraging but then he just crashed and now we all feel like we had the rug pulled out from under us a little”.

An exact cause of death will not be known until a necropsy is performed later this week.

The manatee left Sesuit Harbor in the back of a truck Saturday morning along with a team from SeaWorld. The vehicle stopped briefly in Buzzards Bay Saturday so Dennis could be given intravenous treatment and have heating pads placed around his body for the long road trip, Cutter told the Times today.

The treatment raised the 1,000-pound manatee’s body temperature from 73 degrees to about 89 degrees Fahrenheit and his glucose levels were back up, Cutter said. A manatee’s normal body temperature is usually in the low 90s, he said.

Had Dennis survived, he would have been the first manatee found so far north to be rescued successfully, according to A.J. Cady, a director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
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