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Tampa Zoo releases recovered manatee and her mom
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Tampa Zoo releases recovered manatee and her mom

Tampa, FL -- A mother manatee and female calf were returned "home" in Collier County waters Wednesday after the calf was treated by Lowry Park Zoo staff for a boat strike injury.

The mother, nicknamed Pina, and the calf, nicknamed Colada, were found in Estero Bay near Coconut Drive in Lee County on April 8. Pina was retrieved as well, even though she did not suffer any injuries because Colada was still dependent on her.

During treatment, the Zoo's veterinary and manatee rehab team visited BluePearl Veterinary Partners radiology for a CT scan on Colada. The staff performed a CT for a pneumothorax, air in the chest cavity outside of the lungs, that was the result of a blunt trauma wound to her chest.

With three months of care, Colada recovered from her injuries resolved and she grew from 300 pounds at the time of rescue to nearly 400 at her pre-release health assessment.  Pina is healthy and strong, growing from 1,100 pounds to more than 1,225 pounds during her stay.

On Wednesday, July 20, the Zoo’s manatee rehab team, in partnership with biologists from The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) released the two manatees at Koreshan State Park, located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road in Estero.

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