Manatee Mom and Calf Saved in Florida

An entangled mother manatee and her calf were rescued in Florida.
An entangled mother manatee and her calf were rescued in Florida.

By calling the state’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, a concerned citizen helped save the lives of two endangered manatee lives in Clearwater, Florida. After getting the call, biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and staff from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium found the distressed female and removed a crab trap rope that entangled both her flippers. A calf only knows to stick by mom’s side, so if she’s in trouble, her baby is, too. Both of the manatees were rescued and transported to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, where they will be rehabilitated. Once they’ve recovered, mom and calf will both be released back into the wild. — See more photos from MyFWC’s Facebook Page

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