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Rehabbed manatee released in Fort Myers

Posted at 9:10 AM, Jan 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 09:10:16-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A manatee is getting a new lease on life, returning to the wild after rehab.

The gentle giant named Saber was released in Fort Myers after getting treatment at the Miami Seaquarium.

Saber was rescued last month. Officials say he had neurological issues caused by toxic red tide. But now the 700 pound manatee is fully recovered.

Doctors say they're happy to see the manatee go home.  "Caring for these animals, and then being able to release them and knowing that they are going to go out and help the population is the best thing in the world," said animal care supervisor Jessica Schiffhauer.

The animal care team at Miami Seaquarium took in nearly twenty injured animals last year.