Manatees in Memphis

And not at the zoo!


Manatee finds way Memphis
POSTED: 7:33 a.m. EDT, October 24, 2006

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — An adventurous manatee strayed far from its usual coastal habitat to make an appearance on a Mississippi River tributary near downtown Memphis on Monday.

The distance on the curvy river from near its delta in Louisiana to Memphis is more than 725 miles, according to Army Corps of Engineers charts.

“I got a call about 3 p.m. about either a hippo or a manatee in the water,” said Andy Tweed, an officer with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. Officers from the agency and zoologists from the Memphis Zoo confirmed the sighting and observed the animal from boats.

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