facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Baby manatee captured in Florida

July 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM   |   Comments

MIAMI, July 20 (UPI) -- Wildlife authorities in Florida said a baby manatee that had been on its own for at least a week has been taken to the Miami Seaquarium.

John Cassady, a research associate with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's marine research section, said the calf, estimated to be 2 to 3 weeks old, was seen swimming without its mother for at least a week in the basin behind the Key Largo government and cultural center, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

The animal was captured Monday by workers from Fish and Wildlife and the Seaquarium.

Cassady said baby manatees usually remain with their mothers for two or three years and the baby will likely be cared for at the Seaquarium for three or four years until it can be released back into the wild with a satellite tracking tag.

Officials said they do not know what happened to the calf's mother, but said she likely died or abandoned it.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
'Ghost' caught on camera at medical center 'Ghost' caught on camera at medical center
2
Naked Russian artist cuts off ear lobe in protest of unnecessary psychiatric treatment Naked Russian artist cuts off ear lobe in protest of unnecessary psychiatric treatment
3
Ohio State's marching band performs classic rock halftime show Ohio State's marching band performs classic rock halftime show
4
Watch: Atlanta firefighters sing prevention tips Watch: Atlanta firefighters sing prevention tips
5
Police help burglary caller with math homework Police help burglary caller with math homework
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback