Baby manatee stranded in Fort Myers during Irma now thriving at SeaWorld

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A baby manatee rescued in Fort Myers after Hurricane Irma is thriving at SeaWorld, where he is being rehabilitated.

The Orlando Sentinel reported the manatee has gained nearly 40 pounds since his rescue and is named Jose, since he was brought to SeaWorld around the time of Hurricane Jose.

Animal care specialist Jennifer Parnell said at first she had to climb into the pool to coax Jose into his bottle feeding, but now he waits by the side of the pool for her to feed him.

He was found alone on Sept. 14 in Fort Myers. He is among 52 manatees the animal rescue at the Orlando park has helped this year.

After Irma, the park also provided shelter to five Atlantic Bottlenosed dolphins.

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