The SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team is now caring for an 800-pound pregnant manatee that arrived yesterday on a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Connecticut.
The manatee, named Washburn, was picked up in Nantucket Sound, but manatees are not native to Massachusetts and the water is too cold for them to survive.
SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue team partnered with multiple agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) to coordinate today’s move.
Washburn is SeaWorld’s 21st rescued manatee. Upon arrival, she immediately began to eat and swim in the rehabilitation pool. The manatee will receive expert care from SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team and veterinarians until she is ready to be returned to her natural Florida habitat.
[Photo courtesy SeaWorld Orlando]
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