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Manatee stuck in storm drain released into the wild

Posted: 5:07 AM, Jan 04, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-04 16:09:49Z

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A 950-pound manatee that was rescued after being trapped in a Florida storm drain was released Tuesday back into the wild.

State wildlife officials say the female manatee was released into the water at Blue Spring State Park near Orange City in central Florida.

The 9-foot-long manatee became trapped in November in a Jacksonville storm train.

After being rescued by Jacksonville firefighters and staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the manatee was taken to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation.

Staffers from SeaWorld and the wildlife agency released the manatee.