BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Officials with SeaWorld Orlando on Tuesday released rehabilitated manatees back into the wild. Two manatees were transported inside a SeaWorld Orlando box truck to the Indian River Lagoon, the same place where they both nearly died months earlier.
"One was an orphaned calf that came in at a little over 100 pounds and bottle fed around the clock," explained SeaWorld's Randy Runnels. Now, close to 700 pounds, the manatee known as Shirley is in excellent health.
The other manatee, named Quincentariot, is particularly special to SeaWorld as it is the 500th manatee they have rescued.