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Thursday, 29 July 2010

SeaWorld Animal Care Specialists Resque Baby Manatee

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SEAWORLD CARING FOR BABY MANATEE AROUND THE CLOCK

-- Orphan is 23rd Rescued Manatee in 2010 --

WHAT: SeaWorld animal care specialists are a little bleary-eyed this week as they provide 24-hour care for a weeks-old, baby manatee. Orphaned by her mother, the female calf arrived at the park’s rehabilitation center on July 24 after being rescued from the waters of Daytona Beach, Fla.

Every three hours the 3½-foot and 41-pound orphan is bottled-fed with the park’s nutrient-rich baby formula that promotes weight gain. Her weight is taken every other day as animal care specialists closely monitor her progress. She remains in guarded condition and park veterinarians hope to eventually return her back to the wild.

The animal was transported to SeaWorld by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

SeaWorld is the global leader in the rescue and rehabilitation of manatees. The park’s Animal Rescue Team is on call 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.

2010 Manatee Rescues and Releases

Rescues

Releases

23

11

VISUALS: B-roll includes orphan manatee being bottle-fed, weighed and measured at SeaWorld’s Rescue & Rehabilitation Center.

CAPTION:

SeaWorld animal care specialist Jeff Braso bottle-feeds a baby manatee, Tuesday, July 27, at SeaWorld’s Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in Orlando, Fla. The park’s animal staff has been providing 24-hour care for the animal since she was orphaned by her mother in Daytona Beach, Fla. on July 24, 2010. (Photo by SeaWorld Orlando)

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