Injured Manatee Calf Rescued in Key Largo

Manatee likely struck by boat taken to Miami Seaquarium for treatment

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012  |  Updated 7:05 AM EDT
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A manatee calf that officials believe was likely struck by a boat was rescued Tuesday in the Florida Keys.

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A manatee calf that officials believe was likely struck by a boat was rescued Tuesday in the Florida Keys.

The 275-pound, almost 6-foot-long male was recovered in a Key Largo canal by personnel from the Keys-based Dolphin Research Center and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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The manatee was transported to the Miami Seaquarium for treatment, where a veterinarian said he was suffering from a broken rib "that's releasing air into the body cavity."

Officials nicknamed the manatee "Pilgrim" because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, and are optimistic he'll make a full recovery.

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