On Sunday, near Cape Canaveral, Fl, a citizen contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission when a manatee was noticed swimming alone & having buoyancy issued. The manatee was an orphaned male who the FWC transported to SeaWorld Orlando for care and rehabilitation. This manatee makes the 500th since the animal rescue program began in 1976.
After receiving a complete health exam and antibiotics, the manatee continues to receive care around the clock. The care team is cautiously optimistic that he will fully recover & hope to return him back to his natural environment once he can survive on his own. This is the goal of every rescued animal. SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 6 manatees and returned 5 to the wild thus far in 2014. In total, SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 23,000 animals in need.
If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.