Newt the Manatee
January 28th, 2023
A 2-month-old manatee calf arrived at the end of January to our Center. We praise the Wildlife Authorities of the Amazon for their swift response and rapid action.
The local fishing community accidentally caught him along the Amazon River, and realised he was alone, with no mom in sight. It's possible his mother fell victim to poaching, and this was the reason they found him bobbing around their nets.
Manatee calves need to drink milk from their mothers until they are around 2 years old. Thankfully, because of the fast reaction of the district and our authorities (DIREPRO) in responding to local fisherman distress calls, this little boy stands a chance of surviving.
When our manatee calf, Newt, arrived, he had a number of wounds to his fins and tail. We believe these were caused by his capture from the net used. The three photos on the left show what they looked like when he arrived. After 2 and a half months with daily cleaning and treatment, they are looking great! The three photos on the right were taken last week to compare his progress.
Newt is currently doing great and is growing fast!
You can sponsor Newt by donating from $5 a month via Paypal or through the RAREC store with a $50 one-off donation, You can also gift the sponsorship to a loved one for $65 and receive the whole sponsorship pack PLUS a keyring handmade here in the Amazon. Sponsor Newt here!