TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A juvenile manatee rescued from the chilly waters of Bayboro Harbor is recuperating at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.
State officials say biologists found the juvenile manatee Wednesday just outside the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg after getting a tip from a concerned resident.
The manatee was thin and showed signs of cold stress, including lesions on its body. The condition can be fatal and happens when manatees are exposed to water below 68 degrees.
Zoo workers say the manatee was placed in a warm medical pool when he arrived at Lowry Park. He was lethargic Thursday and had not begun eating, typical for manatees in this situation.
Information from: St. Petersburg Times, http://tampabay.com
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