After Its Mother Was Killed, This Baby Manatee Had No Way To Survive. And Then This Happened

March 29, 2015

This summer I was a part of a manatee rescue. This little man was found in the waters of Belize struggling to stay at the surface after his mother was presumably killed by a boat. An adult manatee was found dead nearby.

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On the trip to the rehabilitation center, he was wrapped in a wet t-shirt and had water poured on him to keep his skin moist.

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He needed 24-hour support in the water. He had no strength to swim or stay afloat.

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The next day he refused to drink from a bottle, so he had to be tube fed to get some nutrients into his tiny body.

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He soon was able to swim around and would only require a little help to get a deep breath.

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He became quite the cuddly little manatee. He started drinking from a bottle and had quite the appetite.

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He is now quickly gaining weight and will eventually be released back in the wild where he belongs!

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If you live in areas with manatees, please be careful when boating. These really are amazing creatures.

Credit: Imgur.

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