Orphaned manatee calf diagnosed with pneumonia

3:11 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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  • Images by Dave Parkinson, Zoo docent.
  • Images by Dave Parkinson, Zoo docent.


Tampa, Florida -- Lowry Park Zoo officials say the orphaned manatee calf recently rescued from Bayboro Harbor on March 27 is suffering from pneumonia.

The 90-pound male calf was brought to David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee hospital at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo after it was found suffering from cold water stress.

PHOTOS: Manatee calf rescued from Bayboro Harbor

Zoo spokeswoman Rachel Nelson says he is currently being housed in a heated shallow water medical pool about a foot deep and is feeding well.

Though he continues to progress clinically, Nelson says his care givers noticed buoyancy issues which prompted a radiograph study. The radiographs confirmed the presence of pneumonia.  

The calf is reportedly not presenting any clinical signs other than appearing heavy in the water, but he will continue to receive a course of injectable antibiotics.

Nelson says the cold stress lesions on his skin are beginning to heal, but his condition is still considered critical.

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