In a world where the news often seems grim -- brimming with shootings, cyclones and lost children—there is the story of Gibb-the-Manatee, a shining, smile-worthy tale.
Gibb, a gray, blimp-shaped innocent, fell victim to one of the worst red tide blooms scientists had seen in over a decade. Animal experts at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo rescued him on October 26, 2012. He finished his rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando under the vigilant eye of the park's vets and rescue team.
On June 13, 2013, SeaWorld Orlando's animal rescue team returned Gibb to the wild. So now he’s free again, splashing in the emerald-hued waters near Boca Grande, munching on seagrass and doing whatever else manatees do to fill their time.
And the news gets even happier. Gibb is only one of seven manatees SeaWorld Orlando will be returning to the wild over the next month.
In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the waters. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 22,000 animals in need - ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned - for more than four decades. So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued two manatees and returned one.
Thank you, SeaWorld Orlando! I needed that.
If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.