A manatee born late Thursday or early Friday at the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park remained in good health Sunday in a special isolation area at the park along with its mother and another expectant female manatee. A spokeswoman for the park said the newborn's respiration rate and other vital signs appeared to be normal Sunday afternoon, but park officials nonetheless will continue to monitor the calf. In the past four years, three of the four calves born at the park have died. The unnamed calf is the second born to manatee Amanda, who also is mother to Star, the only other surviving manatee born at the park. Rosie, another of the adult manatees at the park, is expected to give birth within the next two months and also is in the park's new isolation area.Smuggling of drug backfires in Pasco
NEW PORT RICHEY _ The man told doctors at Riverside Hospital that he was suffering from severe stomach pains. When doctors operated, they found out why: He had swallowed six balloons filled with methadone. James Lisanti, 46, of 7312 Heath Drive was in the West Pasco Detention Center for driving with a suspended license. Lisanti told doctors he swallowed the balloons because he needed the medication to overcome his drug addiction, and jail officials wouldn't provide the narcotic. He smuggled the drug inside the jail in his body. Doctors were able to recover only four of the balloons during surgery Tuesday. Lisanti remained at Riverside Hospital on over the weekend in stable condition. No charges had been filed.