Wildlife officials say a manatee calf is recuperating at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo after being rescued from Bayboro Harbor near St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront.
The calf, estimated to be about a month old, was spotted Wednesday morning.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute spokesman Kevin Baxter says the calf likely suffered from cold stress.
Baxter says cold stress causes lesions on the bodies of manatees and causes them to surface rapidly to catch a breath. He says the calf was popping up every 15 seconds.
The calf was put in a heated pool and will be fed by bottle.
Crews tried unsuccessfully to capture the calf's mother.