Video of Baby Manatee Being Fed After Surviving Hurricane Goes Viral

September 9, 2019 Updated: September 9, 2019

Baby manatees in Florida who survived a Category 5 hurricane became an internet sensation after a keeper showed them being fed on Jan. 12, 2019.

Baby manatees José, Dex, and Ursula appeared in a 23-second video in which a SeaWorld Orlando employee appears to bottle-feed one of them. They were rescued after being separated from their parents during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

“Come here munchkin, oh yeah it’s your turn,” the employee can be heard saying on the video uploaded to Instagram by National Geographic contributor Michael George.

While rotating the baby manatee so its back is facing her, she comments, “Boys really?” and laughs.

The employee holds the baby manatee in place with her left hand while using her right hand to search for the feeding bottle. When she offers the baby manatee the bottle, it opens its mouth and starts loudly sucking on it.

George revealed he loves baby manatees and had to upload the video as part of a promotion for the second printing of his book, “Life at the Zoo.”

“I had to put the baby manatee video up as a post, so it can live here forever and y’all can watch it whenever you’re sad,” he said on Instagram. “This is with the SeaWorld Rescue Team in Orlando, Florida.”

Since uploading the video it has been viewed more than 40,000 times. On VT’s Facebook page the same video has been viewed more than 670,000 times, liked 11,000 times, and shared 5,000 times.

In a previous post George explained the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission brought the baby manatees to SeaWorld for rehabilitation and release.

“These babies require constant care, and are bottle-fed every three hours, 24/7,” George said on Instagram. “Their bottles are filled with an infant formula with plant oils, protein sources, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and sustainably harvested palm oil.”

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Baby manatees José, Dex, & Ursula were rescued in September 2017 after Hurricane Irma separated them from their parents. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission brought them to the SeaWorld Rescue Team at @seaworldorlando for rehabilitation and release. These babies require constant care, and are bottle-fed every 3 hours, 24/7. Their bottles are filled with an infant formula with plant oils, protein sources, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and sustainably harvested palm oil. The SeaWorld Rescue Team has come to the aid of 31,000 ill, injured, and orphaned animals In need over the past few decades. In addition to these babies, the team recently received a call about a small group of adult manatees in South Carolina who were caught in a sudden cold spell. They were days away from dying of frostbite and the rescue team drove back and forth for 3 days, working 24 hours, to bring the adults to their Manatee Hospital. . A few quick fun facts about these adorable seacows: 1) You might be surprised to learn that the manatee’s closest relative is the elephant. 2) They are one of the only mammals that doesn’t have eyelashes. 3) Their eyes actually close in a circle like the aperture of a camera. . Many of the zoos in Florida have extensive conservation and rescue programs due to the many endangered species in the state. Manatee hospitals have managed to stabilize the population, and as of January 7, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the West Indian manatee is proposed to be downlisted from endangered to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. . To learn more about these programs you can pre-order my upcoming children’s book ‘Life at the Zoo’ by visiting the website in my bio! I created this book to shed light on the many misconceptions about zoos and to teach children (and adults) the role they play in breeding, conservation, and rescue programs. Also, I just love baby manatees.

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The SeaWorld Rescue Team has assisted at least 31,000 ill, injured, and orphaned animals in need over the past few decades, according to George.

“In addition to these babies, the team recently received a call about a small group of adult manatees in South Carolina who were caught in a sudden cold spell,” he said. “They were days away from dying of frostbite and the rescue team drove back and forth for three days, working 24 hours, to bring the adults to their Manatee Hospital.”

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