Rescued Manatee Arrives at SeaWorld Orlando
December 1, 2016
Early Wednesday morning, a 950-pound, female manatee was found stuck in a storm drain in Jacksonville. City workers discovered the manatee while doing work in the area. After just a few hours, Jacksonville Fire Rescue and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were able to cut away pipes and free the manatee.
The manatee was then transported by FWC to SeaWorld Orlando for a health evaluation including, blood samples and hydration.
After the initial evaluation the rescued manatee was moved to a rehabilitation pool and is already showing signs of improvement. Here is a SeaWorld animal care expert with a full update.
This is not the first time a manatee has been found stuck in a storm drain. In February 2015, the SeaWorld rescue team helped free 19 manatees from a storm drain in Satellite Beach, Florida. You can read about that story here.