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Showing posts with label Animal Rescue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Animal Rescue. Show all posts

April 10, 2018

SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team Caring for Mother-and-Calf Manatee Pair


ORLANDO, Fla. (April 9, 2018) – Earlier this evening, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium transported a distressed mother manatee – and her nursing calf – from North Fort Myers to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation and care. The pair was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after the mother manatee was observed floating and experiencing buoyancy issues. 

Buoyancy issues can negatively impact a manatee’s health, eating patterns and the nursing of a dependent calf and if not corrected can be life-threatening. The condition is known as a pneumothorax and it was potentially caused by the blunt force of a boat strike. The calf is estimated to be a 1-year-old and, although unharmed, is still nursing and dependent on its mother. It is important that the pair remain together as the calf continues to grow and learn from its mother.

So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team has rescued 30 manatees and returned 7.

November 11, 2017

Rehabilitated Manatee Returned during Manatee Awareness Month

Randall’s rescue story brings awareness to manatee entrapment

Orlando, Fla. (Thursday, November 9) – Earlier today, Randall the manatee was returned to the wild after spending nearly a year in rehabilitation following his stranding in Camp Branch Creek in the Rodman Reservoir complex in Putnam County.

“Randall’s case is not unique. Every year, manatees become entrapped and require assistance. As in this instance, the public can help by reporting trapped manatees and can help prevent entrapments from occurring in the first place,” said Jim Valade, Manatee Recovery Coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

September 15, 2017

SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team on the Move After Hurricane Irma

 Reports of displaced, stranded animals keep teams busy


Orlando, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2017) – As Florida continues to clean up in the wake of Hurricane Irma, it’s been a busy week for the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue team. Reports of stranded, displaced and injured animals have increased, and the park’s rescue team, along with partner and government agencies, has been called to assist.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, a manatee calf was found orphaned or abandoned in Southwest Florida, presumably as a result of Hurricane Irma.  Manatee calves and moms have tight bonds, and if a calf is seen without a mom around for several hours it's very likely that calf has been orphaned.  Since manatees nurse for 1-2 years, a calf on its own has very little chance of survival.  

April 14, 2017

SeaWorld Orlando Returns Largest Rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle in Company History to the Wild


Orlando, Fla. (April 12, 2017) – After nearly eight months of specialized care, SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue Team and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) returned the largest Loggerhead Sea Turtle ever rehabilitated by SeaWorld back home to the ocean. The turtle was released this morning at Vero Beach.
The female Loggerhead was estimated to be at least 20 years old with a weight of nearly 350 pounds. The turtle was found lethargic and covered in algae at Tracking Station Park in Vero Beach last August. Upon arrival at SeaWorld, her blood work revealed a significant parasite problem. The team treated the turtle with antibiotics and anti-parasitic medications to clear her system while also addressing injuries on her front flippers.