Cincinnati Zoo takes in orphaned manatee for rehabilitation

Cincinnati Zoo takes in orphaned manatee for rehabilitation (Cincinnati Zoo)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) - Another orphaned manatee has arrived at the Cincinnati Zoo to be rehabilitated along with three other orphaned manatees.

Daphne, a one-year-old female manatee, was rescued from Florida waters on Monday, April 9, after her mother was struck by a boat. Her mother did not survive.

She was named Daphne in tribute to the legendary conservationist, Daphne Sheldrick.

Daphne joined three male manatees, Miles, Matthew and Pippen.

Dr. Mark Campbell, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director of animal health, said, "Miles and Matthew have been gaining weight and are on track to be released back into Florida waters next winter. Pippen was smaller when he arrived and is still about 100 pounds lighter than the others, so he will most likely stay another year. Daphne will be a good companion for him."

Daphne is the 19th manatee to be rehabilitated at the Cincinnati Zoo.

"We are extremely proud to be part of this conservation program and happy that we could help make the rescued population at SeaWorld more manageable," said Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. "There’s nothing better than being able to work with these amazing creatures and ultimately see them return to the wild."

Manatee Springs will be closed today and tomorrow so Daphne can get acclimated to her surroundings and companions. Visitors should be able to see the foursome as early as Thursday, but there’s always the possibility that they’ll be shy and stay out of view. If that’s the case, they’ll still be visible on a monitor in the Manatee Springs lobby.

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