ORLANDO, FL (WFLA) – A 3-week-old orphaned manatee calf found a new home at SeaWorld Orlando, the resort officials said.
The female calf was brought to the SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue and rehabilitation facility about a week ago by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. FWC crew rescued the calf in the Tomoka River behind a home on Ormond Beach. The 66-pound calf was confused, disoriented and starving. Specialists said she had been on her own for 24 hours when she was rescued.
She found shelter and care at SeaWorld. She has been bottle-fed seven times a day and watched by the SeaWorld veterinarians. Her blood work and x-rays came back normal, doctors said.
SeaWorld team will continue taking care of the calf until she is strong and mature enough to survive on her own. They hope to release her into the wild.