The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is proud to announce yet another new resident to it's family. A new manatee arrived from the Columbus Zoo on January 11th. Her name is "Woodstuck" and she is a two year old 900 pound manatee. She is getting to know her new home and is doing incredibly well. Woodstuck was rescued off the southwest coast of Florida back in January 7, 2011 and when her mother died she was orphaned. She spent some time in the Miami Seaquarium prior to making her trip to the Columbus Zoo in November of 2011. The Cincinnati Zoo welcomes Woodstock to help provide some companionship to the only female manatee, "Betsy". "Betsy" has been alone ever since "Wooten" was returned to Florida to be released back into the wild back in November of 2012. "Woodstock" was rescued and is still recovering from what they call "Manatee cold-stress syndrome" where a period of prolonged cold weather leaves the manatees exposed to colder than normal temperatures which can result in death. So many manatees have been rescued and are currently recovering in partner zoos and organizations throughout the country. The Cincinnati Zoo is one of two facilities outside of Florida that participates in the USFWS' Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. The Cincinnati Zoo first began this program back in 1973 with the mission of rescuing and rehabilitating distressed and injured Florida manatees.
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