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Orphaned Manatee calf remains at Tampa Zoo after March rescue

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Image by Dave Parkinson, Zoo docent Image by Dave Parkinson, Zoo docent

A 90-pound male manatee orphan with cold stresscontinues his recovery at the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee hospital at Tampa'sLowry Park Zoo.  He is housed in a heated shallow water medical pool (1-footdeep), and receives extended care from the Zoo's manatee rehab team. 

Though he continues to progress clinically, his care givers observed buoyancyissues which prompted a radiograph study.  The radiographs confirmed thepresence of pneumonia.  The calf is not presenting any clinical signs otherthan appearing heavy in the water, but he will continue to receive a course ofinjectable antibiotics.

He is feeding well and the cold stress lesions on hisskin are beginning to heal. His condition is considered critical.

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