A young manatee was spotted near some docks in Port Charlotte, so wildlife officials were contacted.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found the manatee calf and brought her to the ZooTampa’s Manatee Critical Care Center. The young orphaned calf is being nursed and is responding well to ZooTampa’s professionals. She weighs about 60 pounds.
The zoo expects her to gain about a pound per day, and that she will weigh nearly 600 pounds as she matures.
The manatees at ZooTampa can be seen in the comfortable air-conditioned David A. Straz Manatee Critical Care Center.