An orphaned baby manatee has been taken in by SeaWorld, where animal care specialists have been caring for the little one 24 hours a day.
Orphaned manatee is bottle-fed by the rescue team at SeaWorld, Florida
The three-and-a-half foot, two stone mammal was abandoned by her mother, so is being bottle fed by the team with nutrient-rich baby formula that promotes weight gain.
Her new family at SeaWorld, Florida, are weighing her every other day to closely monitor her progress and once strong-enough, will be released back into the wild.
SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team is on call 365 days a year, 24-hours a day, and has rescued 23 manatees from Florida’s waters this year alone.
Of those 23 rescued, 11 were released back into the wild after full recuperation, giving hope to this little nipper.
Manatees, also known as sea cows, can grow up to 12 feet long once reaching adulthood.
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