Pregnant Manatee Headed To SeaWorld Orlando For Rehab

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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — A pregnant manatee rescued off the coast of Cape Cod is heading to Florida.

Next Tuesday the 800-pound manatee, dubbed “Washburn,” will be moved from Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium to SeaWorld Orlando. After undergoing further rehabilitation it will be released back into the wild.

Washburn was picked up in September in Nantucket Sound off Falmouth, Massachusetts, by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The group said the animal was well out of its range and was rescued just before water temperatures dropped below 67 degrees — too cold for it to survive.

The Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership will decide where the animal will be released in Florida.

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