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Manatees Nursing: Happy Mother's Day 2013

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Published on May 10, 2013

Happy mother's day to all moms with whom we share planet earth!

This rare footage documents a female manatee nursing a young calf and another that seems big enough to find food for her self but still enjoys some TLC from a mother. The video was taken at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida and documents maternal behavior as these gentle marine mammals gracefully nurse and come up to the surface to breath. Scars on the manatees backs reveal they have been involved in watercraft collisions. Manatees in Florida and throughout the Caribbean are endangered and need your help to conserve the species and the habitat upon which they depend. For more information visit, www.fws.gov/caribbean/es/manatee.html

Video produced by Lilibeth Serrano, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region.

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