Cold-stressed Manatees to be Released
First published by The Miami Herald, February 18, 2011
APOLLO BEACH, Fla. -- Three young adult manatees stressed by December's unseasonably cold weather are being released into the wild again after rehabilitation.
The sea cows will be released Friday morning in Apollo Beach, south of Tampa. Named Bayberry, Maggie and Pygmy, the manatees were underweight when rescued within a week of each other in December in the Tampa Bay area.
They were treated and rehabilitated at the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
The zoo's the manatee rehab team and biologists from The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are managing the release at a nature park.