SeaWorld Orlando rescues orphaned, juvenile manatee previously cared for in 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) – An orphaned manatee previously rescued and rehabilitated by the SeaWorld Rescue Team and partner facilities in 2015 is back at SeaWorld Orlando as of Tuesday.

The team was alerted to an unaccounted weight loss in the juvenile male named “Buckeye.”

Buckeye was first rescued in Daytona Beach.

He spent more than two years with the SeaWorld animal care team for extended rehabilitation and care, including around-the-clock attention and bottle feedings.

He was transferred to the Jacksonville Zoo in late 2017 and was returned to Blue Springs State Park in March 2018 more than 600 lbs heavier.

Veterinarians are working to conduct diagnostic testing on Buckeye to identify the cause of his weight loss.

The team is hopeful the manatee will be cleared to return to Blue Springs State Park soon.

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