Manatee rescued after getting stuck in storm drain in Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Fire and wildlife crews worked for hours to rescue a manatee that was stuck in a storm drain on Wednesday.

It happened in Jacksonville, Fla., near the St. Johns River. It’s unclear how the manatee got stuck or when, but city workers spotted it Wednesday morning.

The manatee has some scrapes on its nose and didn’t have a lot of room to move around.

The rescue crews included members of Jacksonville’s Fire Rescue team and Florida’s Fish and Wildlife.

Crews dug into the ground and cut into the drain pipe to ease the manatee out and into a bag to lift it.

They then loaded it into a van to transport it to Sea World in Orlando for a medical evaluation. They believe it weighs about 900 to 1,000 pounds. It’s not clear whether it’s a male or female.

Manatees can weigh as much as 1,200 pounds.

Florida manatees — a subspecies of the West Indian manatees — were among the first creatures to be named by the U.S. as a federally endangered species in 1967.