Rescued Manatee is in “Guarded” Condition

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and SeaWorld Orlando animal care specialists load up the severely injured manatee April 10, 2012.

The 10-foot female manatee rescued earlier this week in Vero Beach after a severe boat strike is in guarded condition at this time. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and SeaWorld Orlando veterinarians rescued the 1,700 pound manatee after being notified by a private citizen. She is currently being cared for in the medical pool (part of the rescue/rehab area not visible when visiting the park). This morning animal care specialists gave her antibiotics to help fight infection. SeaWorld’s animal rescue team will continue to watch her progress, ensuring she is eating and is comfortable. Blood work results are not yet back.

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