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Injured Manatee Calf Recovering At Seaquarium

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Pilgrim the Manatee at Miami Seaquarium in 2012.  (Source: Miami Seaquarium)

Pilgrim the Manatee at Miami Seaquarium in 2012. (Source: Miami Seaquarium)

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KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/AP) – An injured young manatee found in a Key Largo canal has been taken to the Miami Seaquarium for treatment.

The almost 6-foot-long male, estimated to weigh about 275 pounds, was rescued by personnel from the Keys-based Dolphin Research Center and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The calf’s injury mostly likely came from being struck by a boat. A veterinarian said the animal was suffering from one broken rib “that’s releasing air into the body cavity.”

“His good appetite makes his prognosis promising but he is in need of medical care,” said Dr. Maya Rodriguez, veterinarian at Miami Seaquarium.

Officials said they are optimistic the animal, dubbed “Pilgrim” because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, should make a full recovery.

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