The International Fund for Animal Welfare has recently rescued a pregnant manatee from the waters of Falmouth. The manatee was brought to Mystic Aquarium where skillful veterinarians have taken good care of her. They have discovered the pregnancy after conducting a routine examination on Washburn, the manatee. The ultrasound test unveiled that the manatee is between 4 and 5 months pregnant.
Now that the eight hundred pounds animal is pregnant, she and her baby need extremely attentive care. In a CapeCod.com news report, Mystic Aquarium’s president, Dr. Stephen M. Coan, states that this pregnant manatee gives hope to its species and to all men of science who fight against its extinction. This animal was saved on September 22 by the volunteers and officials from the Yarmouth Port-based International Fund for Animal Welfare, who found Washburn in a place near Washburn Island, at East from Falmouth.
Representatives from IFAW seemed to be very lucky to have rescued the pregnant manatee just before the temperature of the waters fell under 67 degrees in Falmouth. This marine animal is used to swim into warm water, being unable to subsist in waters with a temperature below 68 degrees. South Coast Today writes about Washburn’s rescue, claiming that, since the marine mammal has reached the Mystic Aquarium, she was kept in a pool electrically heated. The pregnant manatee also receives food which measures 7% of her body weight, to be well nourished and hydrated. The marine animal has been eating lettuce and spinach every day since her arrival.
The mammal will be kept safe until her state will be stable, probably after giving birth. Then, she will be transported to Florida for rehabilitation that will last longer. After that, the animal will be released back into the warm waters on the coast. The manatee’s gestation duration is approximately a year. The female of the species is usually ready to copulate when she reaches the age of five. The females frequently swim in groups made up of one or two females and up to six males.
Presently, in Florida exist up to 5,000 manatees. This species is usually found in waters with a high temperature, meaning waters of the estuaries, bays, rivers, and into coastal waters.
What do you think that scientists could do to prevent manatee’s extinction?
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