Mom and Calf Pair Are Survivors of January Florida Freeze
SeaWorld's Animal Rescue team released a female manatee and her calf - cold stress survivors of Florida's unseasonably frigid winter - into the waters of Palm Beach, Fla. They are the first two manatees the park is returning to the wild after the animal care specialists performed seven cold-weather related rescues during a two-week span in January.
Dewey (9 feet long, 895 lbs) and her calf Barros (4 feet long, 205 lbs) were rescued from a canal in Vero Beach, Fla. on Friday, January 22. They spent the last five weeks recovering at SeaWorld's Manatee Rehabilitation Center where they were treated by park veterinarians and animal care specialists.
SeaWorld is the global leader in the rescue and rehabilitation of manatees. The park's Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Team is on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Today's release is a coordinated effort with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).