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Less than a year after returning to the local waters, Buckeye is back in SeaWorld's Critical Care Facility

ABOUT VIDEO: An orphaned manatee, rescued and rehabilitated in 2015 by the SeaWorld Rescue Team and its affiliates, returns to SeaWorld Orlando after the teams were told that the adolescent's weight loss was inexplicable.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – A orphaned manatee rescued and rehabilitated in 2015 by the SeaWorld Rescue Team and its partner institutions is nearbyat SeaWorld Orlando, after the teams were told about an inexplicable weight loss in the adolescent man.

Buckeye was rescued in September 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the first time – orphaned and underweight. He spent more than two years with the SeaWorld Animal Care Team to provide comprehensive care and rehabilitation, including 24/7 attention and bottle feeding.

He was brought to the Jacksonville Zoo in late 2017 as part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) and returned to the Blue Springs State Park in March 2018 with over 600 kg. heavier, a healthy weight to thrive in a natural environment, especially in colder winter months.

The rescue was a preventative intervention that allowed SeaWorld veterinarians to perform Buckeye diagnostic tests to determine the cause of weight loss. The team is confident that Buckeye will soon be able to return to Blue Springs State Park.

Buckeye was rescued in September 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the first time – orphaned and underweight. He spent more than two years with the SeaWorld Animal Care Team to provide comprehensive care and rehabilitation, including 24/7 attention and bottle feeding. (SeaWorld image)

In 2018, the SeaWorld Rescue team supported 72 manatees who suffered from a variety of foods, including cold stress, red tide, and entanglement. The goal of every rescue is to rehabilitate and return the animal as soon as possible.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the South Florida Museum, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, the Jacksonville Zoo, and the Sea to Shore Alliance are working with SeaWorld with the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), a collaborative group private, state, and federal agencies that jointly monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.

The SeaWorld Rescue Team is here to help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering sea creatures a second chance.

The rescue was a preventative intervention that allowed SeaWorld veterinarians to perform Buckeye diagnostic tests to determine the cause of weight loss. The team is confident that Buckeye will soon be able to return to Blue Springs State Park. (SeaWorld image)

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