Jan 19, 2022 - News

Columbus Zoo welcomes four rescued baby manatees

Stubby, a large manatee with white scars, is surrounded by three calves in a pool

Stubby, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's permanent resident manatee, greets new calves over the weekend. Photo courtesy of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

👋 Say hello to Lizzo, Cardi-Tee, MaryKate and Ashley.

What's happening: The Columbus Zoo welcomed four rescued manatee calves from SeaWorld over the weekend. It now houses nine manatees, its most ever.

  • The newbies join four other rehabbing calves and Stubby, a surrogate mother with health issues who lives at the zoo permanently.

Why it matters: Manatees face increasing threats in their native Florida habitats, especially boat strikes and loss of their main food source, Axios Tampa Bay reports.

  • The zoo's calves are orphans and will be released back into the wild once they've grown bigger and stronger.

💭 Alissa's thought bubble: Serious kudos to whoever comes up with these names.

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