Mystic Aquarium’s pregnant manatee heads to SeaWorld in Florida

In this photo provided by the Mystic Aquarium, shows a manatee getting rescued off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium has been rehabilitating the manatee and has gotten permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow public viewing of the marine animal Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 and Sunday during regular hours. (Mystic Aquarium via AP)

BOSTON Mass. (WTNH) — A pregnant manatee is being brought from Mystic Aquarium to SeaWorld in Orlando Florida Tuesday at 6a.m.

Expert rescue staff from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) rescued the manatee September 22 from the waters off Falmouth and transported her to Mystic Aquarium. The manatee, named Washburn after the island she was rescued on, currently awaits transportation to Florida aboard a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 aircraft.

Upon arrival, she will be transported to SeaWorld where SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team and veterinarians will provide round-the-clock care until she is ready to be released to her natural Florida habitat.

The manatee is being transported from Mystic at 6a.m. to the Groton-New London Airport before taking off to Orlando International Airport.


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