FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 13, 2012
TWO MANATEES REHABILITATED AT
STATE PARK RELEASED TODAY
~ CC Baby and Krystal complete their rehabilitation at Homosassa
Krystal the manatee awaits her release today at
Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River.
HOMOSASSA - Two manatees rehabilitated at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State
Park were released today at Three Sisters Spring in the Crystal
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service picked up the
named CC Baby and Krystal, from
the park and
Three Sister Springs for release.
“We are always pleased to see manatees released back into
the wild after their care at Homosassa Springs,” said Park Manager Art Yerian.
“The park’s participation in manatee rehabilitation is an important component
of manatee education and conservation in Florida.”
CC Baby was an orphaned baby manatee rescued from the Caloosahatchee River because of cold stress on Sept.
16, 2007. At the time of rescue, she weighed 73 pounds. She was brought to
Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa
for rehabilitation, and then spent time in the Cincinnati Zoo. CC Baby arrived
at Ellie Schiller Homosassa
State Park on Nov. 2,
2010, and has grown to 635 pounds.
Krystal was rescued on Dec. 8, 2009, from Three Sisters
Springs in Citrus County, as an orphaned calf with cold
stress. She weighed 198 pounds at the time and was taken to the Miami
Seaquarium. She arrived at Homosassa
Park on March 11, 2010, weighing about 300 pounds and has grown to 670 pounds.
Ellie Schiller Homosassa
State Park has participated in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s
Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release program for more than 30 years and
during that time has rehabilitated and released more than 20 manatees back into