Manatee rescued from Fla. storm drain

Manatee rescued from Fla. storm drain

Rescue crews save a manatee from a storm drain in the Ortega area Wednesday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A manatee rescued from a storm drainon Wednesday is recovering at SeaWorld.

The manatee was spotted around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday by a street crewworkerwho was working on a project nearby. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials,Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and a veterinarian from the Jacksonville Zoo helped assist with the rescue.

Authorities dug into theground and cut pipes away in order to reachto the manatee.Once the top of the pipe was removed, a fire and rescue official was lowered into the drain pipe to help steer the manatee toward the opening in the pipe.

Rescue officials manatee was put onto a stretcher and taken by a manatee rescue truck to SeaWorld. A SeaWorld representative saidthat their staff gave the manatee a routine checkup, some antibiotics and fluids and they'll continue to monitor the manatee.

The SeaWorld team will assess the status of the manatee Thursday and create a timeline for rehab and release.



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