FT. MYERS, Fla. - Two manatees were released in a river near Ft. Myers Tuesday, including one that has been recovering at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton for nearly a year.
"Cheeno" the manatee was rescued in February 2012 in the Caloosahatchee River suffering from cold stress. After a stint at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Cheeno was transferred to the South Florida Museum in February 2013 for further rehab.
While under the museum's care, Cheeno gained nearly 300 pounds, making him eligible for release back into the wild.
He was released into the Orange River east of Ft. Myers on Tuesday, along with another manatee named Woodstock, who had been rehabbed at Miami Seaquarium and at a facility in Ohio.
Both were equipped with GPS tags which will allow researchers to monitor their movements.
You can follow their movements on the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership website.