SeaWorld releases manatee in Bonita Springs
by Associated Press Wire
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Tide, a male manatee weighing 615 lbs, is moved from the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Five manatees were transported in three trucks to a boat ramp in Cape Coral near their rescue location. The release of five manatees from the Zoo was the most in one day in the hospital's history. Both staff and volunteers from the Zoo and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were on hand to help load the manatees in the trucks and transport to the release site. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Eve Edelheit)
Tide, a male manatee weighing 615 lbs, is moved from the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Five manatees were transported in three trucks to a boat ramp in Cape Coral near their rescue location. The release of five manatees from the Zoo was the most in one day in the hospital's history. Both staff and volunteers from the Zoo and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were on hand to help load the manatees in the trucks and transport to the release site. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Eve Edelheit)
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Eel, a female manatee weighing 840 lbs, is moved from the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Five manatees were transported in three trucks to a boat ramp in Cape Coral near their rescue location. The release of five manatees from the Zoo was the most in one day in the hospital's history. Both staff and volunteers from the Zoo and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were on hand to help load the manatees in the trucks and transport to the release site. The two manatees, Eel and Tide rode in the same truck together. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Eve Edelheit)
Eel, a female manatee weighing 840 lbs, is moved from the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Five manatees were transported in three trucks to a boat ramp in Cape Coral near their rescue location. The release of five manatees from the Zoo was the most in one day in the hospital's history. Both staff and volunteers from the Zoo and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were on hand to help load the manatees in the trucks and transport to the release site. The two manatees, Eel and Tide rode in the same truck together. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Eve Edelheit)
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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.

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Information from: WESH-TV, http://www.wesh.com/index.html



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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