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Manatee rescued after rope damages its flippers

A manatee tangled in rope from a crab trap was rescued from Allen's Creek in Clearwater on Tuesday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted photos of the rescue on Facebook, along with information about the rescue, which was conducted jointly with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

The adult female was initially reported over the weekend by concerned residents who called the FWC Wildlife Alert hotline after seeing the distressed mammal swimming in the creek.

After its capture, rescuers found both flippers were entangled in rope from a crab trap, and the left flipper was deeply wounded. Rescuers also captured its calf.

Both were taken to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, where they are receiving treatment.

Report distressed or dead manatees by calling the Wildlife Alert hotline toll-free at 1-888-404-3922, texting tip@myfwc.com or calling #FWC and *FWC via cellphone.

Manatee rescued after rope damages its flippers 08/27/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:42pm]
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