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Rescued Manatees Getting Released Back Into Wild After Successful Rehabilitation

Two orphaned manatees, Bananatee and Tostone, who were rescued as babies off the coast of Florida have successfully completed their rehabilitation and are now returning back home into the wild. Columbus Zoo, where they went through their rehabilitation, said in a tweet that on October 19th, the two manatees have traveled back to Florida and arrived safely at the Miami Seaquarium where they will go through their final preparations before getting released. 

It's a beautiful end to a story of helping animals in need for no other purpose than to help them. When the manatees were first rescued, they were babies, one underweight for what it should be and the other showing signs of cold. Now, with the help they received, they are as healthy as ever. 

As reported by Fox28, Tom Stalf, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO, said: "It is always difficult for our devoted team to say goodbye to animals who have been in our care, but this is also a time to celebrate because the successful rehabilitation of Bananatee and Tostone is a true testament to the positive impact we've had not only on the lives of individual manatees, but also the manatee population as a whole. Bananatee and Tostone represent the 30th and 31st manatee that the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has rehabilitated since Manatee Coast opened in 1999, and we are extremely proud to be a part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership, working to help protect manatees' future."

We wish these gorgeous animals luck in their return back home and for them to live the full life that they should have from the very beginning. And we thank all those who helped them and wish them more success stories just like that of Bananatee and Tostone. 

Check out pictures of the preparations for the release bellow! And for more successful rehabilitation stories, you can read about the one and only Tasmanian devil returning back to mainland Australia

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Enjoy These Funny Memes On Manatee Appreciation Day

Manatees are aquatic mammals known for their immense size and jowly appearance and manatee appreciation day (Every year on March 27th)  is devoted to raising awareness about these quirky creatures. Unfortunately, manatees are endangered. Although hunting manatees is usually illegal, they continue to be poached for their meat and hide. It is important to increase manatee awareness so that these fascinating animals will continue to exist in the future.



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Celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day With Our Favorite Sea Cow Memes

March 30th is Manatee Appreciation Day this year! It's meant to be a day devoted to raising awareness for the endangered herbivores, but how you do that is entirely up to you. So, we decided to celebrate manatees the only way we know how - with memes. Enjoy!

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Video of manatees outside Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River Florida this morning. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates about 300 manatees were using the spring as a warm water shelter this morning.
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So shar-peis aren't really manatees but it's the closest we have on land right? Which begs the question, which one is the cutest?

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Here marks the end of our Manatee Squee Spree. It was filled with lots of fun underwater adventures! Bye-bye manasquee, you will be missed.

Life's too short to avoid the *SPLORT*! Visit Daily Squee for your daily cuteness!

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Manatees are super squee for sure, but I still wonder why sailors of old mistook them for mermaids. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess...

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Who could guess that such a widdle pudge-ball will one day grow into a 1,200 pound sea cow?

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