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One manatee’s story has a happy ending.
A manatee, nicknamed Randall, returned to the wild Thursday after he had been found stranded in Putnam County’s Camp Branch Creek, SeaWorld announced in a press release.
It took more than a year for Randall to be rehabilitated for his release.
In a decade, about 115 manatees have been rescued after being trapped in areas such as culverts, in ditches or water control structures and other areas, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
At least 22 have died.
Randall, a manatee stranded in Putnam County, was recently return to the wild after a year of rehabilitation. (Contributed by SeaWorld)
“Entrapments generally happen throughout the year, although extremely high seasonal tides can be one cause. Manatees may swim into an area during a high tide, then when the tide goes out, they’re stranded,” said Jim Valade, Manatee Recovery Coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in a statement.
He called on the public to report trapped manatees by calling FWC at 888-404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellphone.