Manatee rescued near Houlihan Bridge

Published: Dec. 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM EST
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PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources teamed up with SeaWorld to help rescue a manatee in Port Wentworth.

DNR said they got a call about a week ago about a couple of manatees hanging out near the Houlihan Bridge. Unfortunately, these animals aren't equipped to live in the waters in the area during the winter.

The team caught one of the two manatees Monday afternoon, but they need the public's help to find the other one.

"Unfortunately we weren't able to catch the second one, so we certainly want any fisherman or staff at any of the plants to call DNR immediately if they see any manatee in Port Wentworth or Savannah in the next couple of weeks," Clay George said.

According to the DNR, there is currently no active searching going on, but they are having plant staff checking the outfalls to locate the other manatee.

The manatee they did catch will go to an animal hospital for a few days to be rehabilitated and then it will be released into the warmer waters off the coast of Florida.

The nearly 9-foot-long, 800-pound manatee was transported to SeaWorld Orlando for further rehabilitation and care. Immediately upon arrival, the manatee underwent a full health examination and was given fluids and antibiotics to treat possible infection.

Over the next several weeks, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue team will closely monitor the manatee's progress. This is the fourth manatee rescued within the last two weeks. So far this year, SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Team has rescued 12 manatees and returned nine.

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