Watch Live: Firefighters Are Digging Up a City Block in Florida to Save a 9-Foot Manatee Trapped in a Storm Drain
Rescue teams have been working for several hours in an attempt to save a manatee that is trapped in a Jacksonville, Florida, area storm drain
Rescue teams have been working for several hours in an attempt to save a manatee that is trapped in a Jacksonville, Florida, area storm drain.
The entire saga is being streamed live by local outlet First Coast News as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Jacksonville Fire Rescue team together to excavate the pipe.
According to First Coast News, the manatee is around 9-feet-long, and is still alive — but injured, suffering several lacerations. The manatee was found by a construction worker around 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
RELATED VIDEO: Manatees Predict the Past Super Bowl Winner
The worker told First Coast News that she was laying pavement and happened to look down and saw the mammal floating in the drain.
It is unclear how the animal got into the drain, but FWC said that it likely came from the nearby Ortega river.
The FWC told First Coast News that once the manatee is removed, it will be transported to Sea World Orlando to be treated and rehabilitated. A Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens vet is also on the scene to assess the animal.