Rescuers Release Manatee After Months of Rehabilitation

Naboo the sea cow was rescued after being hit by a boat. She suffered fractured ribs and a punctured lung as a result.

It took months for this manatee to recover, but this sea cow is finally making its way back to the wild.

Naboo the manatee was released into the ocean off the coast of Miami, Fla., Tuesday.

“She has passed all our dive testing, she’s put on weight since she’s been here and she’s all healed and ready to go,” Jessica Schiffhauer, animal care supervisor at the Miami Seaquarium, told WSVN.

She explained her rehabilitation facility took in the thousand-pound manatee in August after she was hit by a boat off the coast of Melbourne, Fla.

“She fractured one of her ribs and punctured her lungs,” Schiffhauer explained.

After months of rehabilitation and medical care, Schiffhauer said Naboo was ready to be returned to the wild and was released near the area where she was rescued.