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Friday, October 16, 2009

Manatees head home to Florida

Published October 15, 2009 -
An aerial survey of Florida manatees earlier this year counted 3,800 animals, the highest number since 1991. But manatee deaths - often caused by collisions with boats - also are rising.

In Florida, the manatees will spend at least several months at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo learning to survive in the wild. That will include adjusting to a diet of aquatic plants. Dates for their release into Florida waters have not been set.

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