Manatee calf rescued in Centla, Tabasco

A male manatee calf, weighing approximately 16 kilograms, which presented some lacerations and injuries allegedly caused by propellers from boats in the area, was successfully rescued by staff from Profepa.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) rescued an abandoned manatee calf in the municipality of Centla, Tabasco, in response to a report by residents of Ranchería Rivera Alta.

Federal inspectors, in coordination with personnel from the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Conanp) and the Management Unit for the Conservation of Wildlife (UMA) “Los Aluxes”, in Palenque, Chiapas, went to the site, locating to the specimen in a channel that connects with the Usumacinta River.

It is a male manatee calf, weighing approximately 16 kilograms, which presented some lacerations and injuries allegedly caused by propellers from boats in the area. The baby manatee also showed signs of dehydration.

Considering that it was a calf and due to the behavior of the animal, tours of the area were carried out to confirm if the mother was nearby; its location was not possible, so it was decided to transfer the calf to the facilities of the UMA “Los Aluxes”, since it has specialists for this species of mammal, and there the young manatee will be provided with the corresponding veterinary care and will be kept under observation, “Profepa reported.

The manatee is a species listed in the Official Mexican Standard 059 in the category of endangered.

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