SeaWorld Releases Manatee In Bonita Springs

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Associated Press Release

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- A manatee is back in the southwest Florida waters after months of rehabilitation at Lowry Park Zoon in Tampa and SeaWorld in Orlando.

Orlando television station WESH ( ) reports the manatee named Red Bone was released in Bonita Springs on Thursday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued the manatee in February during a red tide episode in the waters off southwest Florida.

The manatee was first taken to the Tampa zoo. But because a large number of manatees were brought there due to red tide-related illnesses, Red Bone was taken to Orlando on March 6.

He was medically cleared and SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Team took him to Bonita Springs, which is well-known for its manatee population.


Information from: WESH-TV,

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