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Infant Manatee Rescued in Florida Keys

An orphaned infant manatee was rescued by Florida Keys-based marine mammal rescue volunteers in oceanside waters off Islamorada.

The calf may have been without its mother for several days, an unusual amount of time for the pair to be separated, according to a DRC spokesperson.

After the successful rescue, the FWC transported the calf to Miami Seaquarium for treatment and rehabilitation. A Seaquarium veterinarian advised early Sunday afternoon that the manatee was in “guarded condition.”

The small female is less than four feet long, considered underweight at 65.5 pounds and has been diagnosed with a bacterial infection. After initial evaluation and treatment, she was placed in a pool with an older orphaned female manatee and is reported to be sticking close to the older orphan’s side.

While the Florida Keys remain closed to visitors during the coronavirus crisis, the area’s many nature and wildlife rehabilitation centers continue caring for rescued wildlife and helping animals in need.

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