950-pound manatee trapped in storm drain released back to wild

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 04, 2017, 11:48 AM EST

A 950-pound manatee named Venetia that was rescued after being trapped in a Florida storm drain was released back into the wild at Blue Spring State Park near Orange City on Tuesday morning.

  • Female manatee was found in a Jacksonville storm drain in November
  • Venetia was rehabilitated by SeaWorld animal caregivers, veterinarians
  • Sea cow was released back into the wild at Blue Spring State Park

The 9-foot-long female manatee was trapped in November in a Jacksonville storm drain.

After being rescued, Venetia was taken to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation.

"SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team and veterinarians began to care for Venetia the moment she arrived. During that time she received regular physicals and checkups to monitor her health and progress," SeaWorld stated in a news release.

SeaWorld staffers and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission workers were on hand for Venetia's release.