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Kicking the bottle...

16 May 2014

Four baby manatees enjoy their last bottle feed at SeaWorld Orlando. Four manatee calves are fed their last bottles by the animal care team at SeaWorld Orlando before they move on to solid food – romaine lettuce.

The four calves, Laverne, Squiggy, Carmine and Leonard, were rescued after being found abandoned in Florida waters. Assisting these abandoned calves is crucial to their survival as they depend on their mothers’ milk for the first several months of their life. The SeaWorld Animal Care Team developed a special formula that provides them with the nutrients they need and provided round the clock care including feeding them every three hours.

When they are fully grown the manatees will weigh over 900 kilograms and will survive on a diet of plants including turtle grass, shoal grass, mangrove leaves and algae.

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