Manatee Calf Recovering After Being Struck by Boat

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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."


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