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Orphaned manatee rescued off the coast of Florida

A manatee calf was recently rescued in Daytona Beach, Florida and is now being cared for at SeaWorld Orlando, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

The young sea cow was spotted in the canal located near Caribbean Jack's restaurant and is believed to have been abandoned by her mother.

Animal rescue officials working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission saved the sea mammal and brought her to the rescue and rehabilitation center at the infamous marine and mammal park.

The staff at the center is carefully monitoring the manatee, who is about three and a half feet long and weighs about 41 pounds. They are having to bottle feed her every three hours with a special formula that is rich in nutrients.

The plan is for the animal to remain in the care of the staff of SeaWorld until she has reached adult age and can be fed a normal diet of vegetation that she would eat in the wild. Once she is deemed ready, they plan on releasing her back into the wild.

SeaWorld has rescued 23 manatees so far this year and has released 11 of them back into the ocean.ADNFCR-2796-ID-19912061-ADNFCR
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