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Baby manatee rescued in Florida thanks to family’s tip

The Ohio family saw the lone male manatee in shallow water, and called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The Ohio family on vacation saw the lone male manatee in shallow water, and called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

STUART, Fla. – An Ohio family’s tip helped rescue a distressed baby manatee last week near Twin Rivers Park.

The family on vacation saw the lone male manatee in shallow water, and called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They stayed on the phone until rescuers arrived.

“It is rare to have a manatee at this young age survive, but we hope he is on the road to growth and recovery,” a FWC Facebook post read.

The FWC said the calf is receiving treatment at the Miami Seaquarium. The manatee had not nursed “in several days and was very dehydrated,” according to the FWC.

To report a distressed or dead manatee, the FWC asks for people to call (888)404-3922 or to use agency’s reporter app.