Injured manatee rescued near Isles of Capri dies at Tampa zoo

An injured manatee rescued Saturday in the intercoastal waterway near Isles of Capri is in critical condition at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, where veterinarians are treating it for a concussion and possibly blood on the brain. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the 9-foot male manatee was run over by a boat.

Photo courtesy of Paul Kingsbury

An injured manatee rescued Saturday in the intercoastal waterway near Isles of Capri is in critical condition at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, where veterinarians are treating it for a concussion and possibly blood on the brain. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the 9-foot male manatee was run over by a boat.

— An injured manatee rescued near Isles of Capri last weekend has died at a Tampa zoo.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Collier County Sheriff's Office teamed up Saturday to get the 9-foot male manatee out of the water and on a truck to the Lowry Park Zoo.

Boaters reported the injured manatee swimming in circles in shallow water.

A zoo veterinarian said the manatee suffered a concussion and possibly had blood on its brain after getting run over by a boat.

A necropsy will be performed on the manatee to better understand the nature of its injuries, zoo spokeswoman Rachel Nelson said.

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