The SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team travelled around 500 miles to Alabama to rescue an injured, cold stressed manatee from the Magnolia River last weekend.
The adult female manatee was successfully rescued by the team and was transported to SeaWorld Orlando for further rehabilitation and care.
The manatee is 2.7 metres long, around the same length as a Smart Car and weighs 356 kilograms. Immediately upon arrival, the manatee underwent a full health examination and was given fluids and antibiotics to treat possible infection.
Over the next several weeks, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue team will closely monitor the manatee’s progress. This is the second time, within the last three weeks, that the Animal Rescue Team has traveled outside of Florida to assist with rescuing a cold-stressed manatee. The team is currently providing around-the-clock care for seven cold-stressed manatees. This is the first manatee rescued of 2015.
In collaboration with the government and other members of stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 25,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than five decades.