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Rescued manatee calf comes to South Florida Museum's rehab program

Rescued manatee calf comes to South Florida Museum's rehab program

Bradenton, Florida -- The animal care staff at the South Florida Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium is planning for the arrival of a young male manatee calf this afternoon.

The manatee, nicknamed Charlie, has been undergoing rehabilitation since Nov. 2010 at Miami Seaquarium, an attraction which also operates as a critical care facility for injured, sick manatees or orphaned calves.  Charlie is being transferred to the South Florida Museum for continued care and rehabilitation.

Charlie was originally rescued from the Gasparilla Sound, part of the greater Charlotte Harbor watershed, with his mother who sustained injuries from a watercraft and subsequently did not survive. At the time of rescue, Charlie was a dependent calf and his medical status was considered stable.