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SeaWorld takes in refugees from Hurricane Irma

Miami Heat help shelters fly animals out to make room for Irma's displaced pets

The Miami HEAT teamed up with the Golden State Warriors and FedEx to airlift over 100 pre-Hurricane Irma pets from local Miami and Monroe County animal shelters to no-kill animal shelters in Oakland, California. Due to the severe impact to the Sou
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The Miami HEAT teamed up with the Golden State Warriors and FedEx to airlift over 100 pre-Hurricane Irma pets from local Miami and Monroe County animal shelters to no-kill animal shelters in Oakland, California. Due to the severe impact to the Sou

Perhaps you thought only human beings were evacuated from the Florida Keys to be spared Hurricane Irma? Not so.

SeaWorld said Friday evening that five Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins aged 13 to 43 that the Dolphin Connection marine-life conservation program in Duck Key relocated to the Orlando facility before the storm “continue to thrive.”

And those were just the first Irma-related refugees to be cared for by the SeaWorld rescue team.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission workers delivered a dehydrated, 66-pound manatee calf to the Orlando facility on Friday, after it was found a day earlier presumably orphaned or abandoned near Fort Myers in southwest Florida.

So a SeaWorld animal care specialist began giving the calf a bottle of the facility’s own version of baby formula — a nutritional liquid “that replicates mother’s milk” — every three hours, in a process that will last several months.

SeaWorld also provided sanctuary to some birds believed blown ashore by the storm, including an Audubon’s shearwater and a juvenile brown pelican.

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