WATCH: Crew rescues manatee in Citrus County

Still frame from Cathy Williams' photo (USFWS volunteer)

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – On Monday a team of rescuers saved a manatee at Three Sisters Springs.

Crystal River staff received a call in the morning from someone concerned about the manatee. The staff members decided to rescue the animal because it was suffering from cold stress.

“We consulted Dr. Ray Ball at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and decided to go ahead with the rescue once most of the manatees had moved out of Three Sisters Springs,” Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex staff members said. “The rescue went very smoothly.”

The manatee was taken by ambulance to the Lowry Park Zoo. “The staff at Lowry Park Zoo seemed positive about his outcome, and when we left him, he was resting in 80 degree water with a friend and some food,” refuge staff said.

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