Officials said they are optimistic the animal, dubbed "Pilgrim" because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, should make a full recovery.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- A manatee calf that was likely struck by a boat has been rescued by marine mammal experts in the Florida Keys.
The almost 6-foot-long male, estimated to weigh about 275 pounds, was recovered Tuesday in a Key Largo canal by personnel from the Keys-based Dolphin Research Center and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
It was being transported to the Miami Seaquarium for treatment.
A veterinarian said the animal was suffering from one broken rib "that's releasing air into the body cavity."