Baby manatee rescued from Apollo Beach Nature Preserve

(Source: Denise Delanty)

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A baby manatee was rescued from Apollo Beach Nature Preserve on Sunday.

News Channel 8 viewer Denise Delanty said she witnessed the Florida Wildlife Commission rescue the manatee around 4 p.m.

The FWC told Delanty the manatee was approximately one to two months old.

The manatee had some algae on its skin and lesions related to the recent string of cold weather.

The animal was taken from the water, placed in a tub, and transported to the Lowry Park Zoofor treatment.

The people on scene named the manatee “hope.”

It will be several months before the manatee is recovered and can go back into the water. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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