SeaWorld Returns First Manatee of the Year

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  1. Wendy

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    An adult female manatee was returned to the waters of Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Fla., after receiving care and rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando for the last year.

    “Piggyâ€￾ was rescued due to cold stress by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) from St. John’s River in Palatka, Fla. on February 7, 2013. Following her rescue, Piggy was transported to our facility for medical care and rehabilitation. Over the past year, Piggy has received continual treatment, including antibiotics, fluids and other supportive care. After being medically cleared for today’s return, the 725-pound manatee was transported by SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Team to Blue Spring State Park, a designated manatee sanctuary.

    In addition to today’s return, an adult female manatee was rescued yesterday from Blue Spring State Park. Our Rescue Team was called to assist with her rescue after the FWC noticed the animal was emaciated, lethargic and behaving abnormally. This is not the first time we have provided care to this manatee, who has been identified as Georgia. In 1991, an orphaned calf at the time, she was rescued from Brunswick, Ga, and was brought to our facility for care until she was returned to Blue Spring State Park in 1997. She was close to six years of age, more than 10 feet long, and weighed 1,635 pounds at the time of her return.

    Seventeen years and six calves later, the nearly 11-foot-long manatee was rescued again by the our Rescue Team with assistance from FWC staff and volunteers. She was then transported to our facility yesterday, where our animal care team and veterinary staff performed a complete health exam and began providing an antibiotic treatment and fluids. Georgia will continue to be monitored and more testing will be done to determine what medical attention the large manatee needs.

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