Manatee Successfully Rehabbed and Released

A young male manatee was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on February 20, 2017.  He was found at Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River. The manatee was suffering from cold stress injuries and was underweight.

FWC brought him to the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for treatment and rehabilitation.

Roosevelt the manatee is checked to insure he is healthy and ready to return to the wild at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

The park staff decided to name him Roosevelt in honor of his rescue taking place on President’s Day. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corp that led to the creation of the Florida Park Service.

Under the care of the park’s Wildlife Care Rangers and our Veterinarian, Dr. Ray Ball, Roosevelt’s condition quickly improved.  After a short three months of care, Roosevelt was ready to be released back into the Crystal River.

Florida Fish & Wildlife workers successfully return Roosevelt to the wild in Crystal River on May 22, 2017.