Columbus Zoo welcomes two new rescued manatees

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POWELL, OH (WCMH) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has taken in two new rescue manatees.  

The zoo announced Thursday that 225-pound Bananatee and 185-pound Tostone have joined them as part of the zoo’s involvement in the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership. 

These are the 30th and 31st manatees to be rehabilitated at the Columbus Zoo since 1999 when it joined the rescue program.  

Bananatee, who comes in at 225 pounds, was rescued from the Indian Creek Waterway outside of Miami, FL as an orphan calf on July 27, 2018. Since Bananatee is still under a year old, the animal care team at the Columbus Zoo will need to bottle feed him to help supplement his diet as he continues transitioning to eating lettuce.  

Tostone, weighing 185 pounds, was rescued from the Lake Worth Lagoon in Riviera Beach, FL on February 8, 2019. Tostone was also an orphan and had begun to show signs of cold stress. These are the 30th and 31st manatees to be rehabilitated at the Columbus Zoo since 1999 when it joined the rescue program. 

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