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Florida zoo welcomes orphaned baby manatee rescued from the Gulf of Mexico

ZooTampa at Lowry Park welcomed its smallest orphaned manatee rescue ever treated at the end of August.

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A zoo in Tampa Bay, Florida, welcomed the smallest orphaned manatee rescue it has ever treated at the end of August.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park announced on Facebook that the baby was found in the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota County. She was rescued by staff from both Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and Florida Fish & Wildlife.

Video above: ZooTampa welcomes the female calf

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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

The manatee critical care center is one of two places that takes orphaned calves in, and the little one was only 44 pounds.

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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

She will be taken care of by the animal care and veterinarian teams.

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ZooTampa at Lowry Park