During the past week, our devoted Animal Rescue Team has been taking care of two rescued orphaned baby manatees. The calves were both brought to SeaWorld Orlando’s rehabilitation facility after being rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
First Rescued Manatee Calf
The first manatee was rescued about a week ago from Merritt Island and immediately transported to SeaWorld for instant treatment, after being seen floating on its side.
To help the young animal float, our team used a custom-fitted infant life vest with a foam flotation device.
Second Rescued Manatee Calf
The second manatee calf was rescued Monday morning from Palm Coast and brought directly to SeaWorld for care. This male is believed to be about a month old, 47 pounds and a little over 3 feet long.
Both manatees are being tube fed a specialized formula every three hours. Our team is also working on teaching the manatees to suckle so they can receive additional nutrition from a bottle. Around-the-clock care will continue as long as necessary.
SeaWorld’s Rescue Efforts
So far this year, SeaWorld has rescued or helped rehabilitate 29 manatees and returned 27 back to their natural environment. Over the last 50 years, SeaWorld has rescued more than 26,000 animals in need, whether they are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned. The goal with every rescue is to rehabilitate the animal back to health and return them to their natural environment as soon as possible.
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.