Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Zoo Sends 3 Manatees Back To Florida, Receives 3 More For Rehab

From 10TV News: Zoo Sends 3 Manatees Back To Florida, Receives 3 More For Rehab
POWELL, Ohio - Three manatees in need of rehabilitation will now call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium home. This comes just after three other manatees were sent back to Florida.

According to the zoo, manatees Hamilton, Tippecanoe and Bernice were flown to Florida on Wednesday. Hamilton will stay with the manatee expert's at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and Tippecanoe and Bernice will stay at the Miami Seaquarium.

Representatives from the zoo said that the manatees were to stay at the designated places until they are released to the areas where they were found.

Hamilton and Bernice were scheduled to be released in late winter; both will be outfitted with satellite tracking devices so experts can monitor their well-being.

According to the zoo, all three of the manatees made significant improvements to their health during their stay.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed three new manatees named Pixie, Wheezy and Woodstock from SeaWorld Orlando. Columbus Zoo experts will help rehabilitate the manatees.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium takes care of the manatees as a part of their participation in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Program.

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