‘Washburn,’ Mystic Aquarium’s pregnant manatee, heading to Orlando

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MYSTIC — A manatee that was rescued off the coast of Cape Cod and later found to be pregnant had been moved from Mystic Aquarium to SeaWorld Orlando.

Washburn, as she is named, was moved Tuesday to SeaWorld, where she will undergo further rehabilitation before being released back into the wild.

The 800-pound pregnant female was picked up in September in Nantucket Sound off Falmouth, Massachusetts, by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The group said the animal was well out of its range and was rescued just before water temperatures dropped below 67 degrees — too cold for her to survive.

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