SeaWorld Orlando Returns Manatee to Ormond Beach

SeaWorld Orlando Returns Manatee to Ormond Beach After Months of Rehabilitation!

 

I always love it when SeaWorld rehabilitates an animal and sets it on it’s way. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. So when I heard that SeaWorld Orlando Returned the Manatee to Ormond Beach after months of rehabilitation, it brought a smile to my face. It’s amazing how they come together to save a life and care for it so that it can continue on it’s journey.

After receiving care and rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando for the past seven months, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) returned Rizzo, a male manatee to the Tomoka River waters in Ormond Beach, Fla. on Wednesday, September 11, 2014.

Rizzo was rescued by the FWC from the Tomoka River on February 19, 2014 due to cold stress. At the time of rescue, he weighed 620 pounds, which is approximately 200 pounds under the average weight of a full-grown manatee. Following his rescue, FWC transported him to SeaWorld Orlando, where he received long-term medical treatment and rehabilitation, including antibiotics, tube feeding and other supportive care.

 

After receiving care & rehabilitation for several months, SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Team returned Rizzo, a manatee to the Tomoka River in Ormond Beach, Fla.

SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team returns Rizzo to the Tomoka River in Ormond Beach, Fla., after a successfully rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando for the past seven months.

 

After being medically cleared for today’s return, Rizzo was transported by SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team to Ormond Beach, where he was originally found.   As of this morning, Rizzo measured 8.4 feet long and weighed 860 pounds.

So far in 2014, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued eight and returned nine manatees back to their natural environment. In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the waters. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 23,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than four decades.

If you see injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.

 

After receiving care & rehabilitation for several months, SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Team returned Rizzo, a manatee to the Tomoka River in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Rizzo, an 860-pound rehabilitated manatee, prepares to be returned to Tomoka River in Ormond Beach, Fla., after receiving seven months of rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando.

 

As part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), SeaWorld Orlando is an acute care rehabilitation facility that provides life-saving medical care to rescued manatees. The MRP is a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.  Information about manatees currently being tracked is available at www.manateerescue.org.

The endangered Florida manatee is at risk from both natural and man-made causes of injury and mortality. Exposure to red tide, cold stress, and disease are all natural problems that can affect manatees. Human-caused threats include boat strikes, crushing by flood gates or locks, and entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear.

All manatee rescue footage produced by SeaWorld under FWS Permit Number MA7701911.

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Comments

  1. The next time you are looking for a vacation idea, feel to hit me up at VisitWestVolusia.com. I can arrange for a vacation to see the manatees at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City. You will love it there!!

    • I didn’t know there were any there. Would love to check it out. Only been to Daytona a few times but would love to visit the coast more. Actually, want to move to the coast someday.

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