Bui the manatee calfBui was rescued in July 2018. Her rescue was so dramatic, it made the national news.

Bui had been poached by fishermen, who had killed her mother, and captured her. She was being transported in a freezer, so that she could be slaughtered for meat.

By sheer luck, the boat where she was being transported was randomly searched by the Environmental Police, who found her, and immediately contacted RAREC.

Bui was found in extremely poor shape, with her skin covered in wounds, dehydrated, and hungry. But miraculously, she survived!

Against all odds, Bui has made an amazing recovery. All of us at the Center are smitten with our little miracle, our ray of hope, our inspiration. We decided to name her "Bui" in honor of Bui Simon, a philanthropist and the head of the Angels Wings Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for needy children. Bui is a bright light of hope in the world, and an inspiration to us, which is why our Bui is named after her.

Bui being cared for by volunteersBui being cared for by volunteers
Kevin Hoffman from Canada and Eleyah Melamed from Israel, volunteers who provided critical assistance during key stages in Bui's rehabilitation
Bui when she was found
Bui was found in a cooler full of filthy water, and no space to move
Bui when she arrivedBui when she arrived
Bui's condition during her first medical check, shorly after being rescued
Bui recoveredBui recovered
Bui responded well to her medical treatment, and her recovery has been successful
Presentation at SILAMA
RAREC founder John Garnica, RAREC administrator Kathya Ribbeck, RAREC veterinarian Dr. Jose Nolasco, and Dr. Heather Robertson and Dr. Sabrina Barnes from the Nashville Zoo, attending the Latin American Manatee Symposium (SILAMA), for RAREC's presentation on Bui's treatment protocol.
Bui keychain
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