You may know Jon Peterson from Sea Rescue, the exciting Saturday morning show on ABC that highlights animal rescues. He was on hand at SeaWorld Orlando to talk about the park's rescue program and how it's helped over 20,000 animals over the years.
SeaWorld Orlando has a large backstage rehabilitation area where rescued animals can be nurtured back to health. You can see a video of the area by jumping to this article. Peterson verbally walked through what it takes to do a typical rescue of an orphaned manatee. You can see his entire talk in the video accompanying this article.
As you'll learn in the video, the youngsters are bottle fed every three hours when they first arrive. Then they graduate to eating solid food when they're ready, and eventually they meet other manatees in preparation for being released into the wild to live on their own.
Even after they're released, the young manatees are monitored for a period of time to make sure they're adapting. If so, the monitor is eventually removed. If not, they can be taken back to the park for additional care if necessary.
Manatees are just one species helped by SeaWorld Orlando. Other animals, from birds to turtles to dolphins, benefit from the rescue team's expertise and devotion. Jump to this article to see four orphan pilot whales who were successfully rescued and who now live at the park.