Charlie gets a final check of his tag before his release on Feb. 4 at Homosassa Springs. (Courtesy South Florida Museum)
Bradenton, Florida -- The South Florida Museum says two manatees released from rehabilitation are doing well.
Charlie was released Feb. 4 at Homosassa Springs. He was rescued in November of 2010 as a young calf with his mother, who had been hit by a boat. His mother did not survive, but Charlie was bottle fed and raised at the Miami Seaquarium's manatee hospital.
Charlie went to the Museum in May of 2011 weighing just 400 pounds. The Museum's Director of Living Collections, Marilyn Margold says he grew to 700 pounds and 8 feet in length, a size which makes him ready for release. She says it's important for him to be released among other manatees so he can explore and meet friends.
Epac was released on Jan. 23. He was rescued in January of 2011 suffering from cold stress near Cape Coral.
Margold says both are tagged and will be monitored for up to a year to make sure they adjust well to life in the wild.
You can track Charlie and Epac at www.wildtracks.org.
Two other manatees were released as well. Wooten from the Miami Seaquarium and Laroc from the Lowry Park Zoo.