Baby Manatee Rescued After Being Hit by a Boat

The injured calf is now looked after by the staff at the Miami Seaquarium

By Laura Sinpetru on November 22nd, 2012 07:54 GMT

As numerous conservationists keep warning, manatees get hit by boats on a regular basis and most of the time they suffer severe injuries.

Apparently, this is exactly what happed to a manatee calf, recently rescued in Florida by greenheads working with a local Dolphin Research Center and by Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation officials.

The baby manatee was found to have a broken rib, and authorities decided that it would be best for it to be treated and looked after by the staff at the Miami Seaquarium.

Veterinarians believe that the calf will soon make a full recovery, at which point it will be released back into its natural habitat.

Due to the fact that the manatee was rescued fairly close to Thanksgiving, it was named “Pilgrim.”

According to Huffington Post, the calf is roughly 6 feet long (1.82 meters) and weighs somewhere around 275 pounds (about 125 kilograms).
Baby manatee is rescued after being hit by a boat (click to see picture)
   Baby manatee is rescued after being hit by a boat (click to see picture)
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