ORLANDO, Fla. — Six months ago, a manatee almost froze to death while swimming near Lake Griffin State Park.
- Bago the manatee has been released from SeaWorld rehab
- Manatee was found with cold stress back in January
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On Thursday, it was time to go for the 800-pound manatee, which they named Bago.
The not-so-gentle sea cow was treated for cold stress at SeaWorld's Marine Animal Rescue in Orlando. For almost a half a year, Bago hung out with other sick or injured manatees and received treatment from veterinarians.
"This manatee was in an area where there are no warm water springs in January. Here in Florida, we were in that temperature range where they are able to get into cold stress, which this animal did," said Jon Peterson, SeaWorld's senior leader of zoological and curator of rescue operations.
After receiving a clean bill of health by handlers, Bago was released into the St. Johns River near Palatka — but not before it was weighed, measured, and fitted with a tracking device so that researchers can follow its progress.
If you spot a sick, injured, dead or tagged manatee, you are encouraged to report it to FWC at 1-888-404-3922.