Lost Manatee Dies on Trip Home
Rescue goes awry an hour from Sea World
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2008 3:30 AM CDT
A team of animal experts from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Sea World in Orlando, and US Fish and Wildlife rescue Dennis the manatee. He died on the truck trip to Florida.   (PRNewsFoto/International Fund For Animal Welfare)
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(Newser) – A one-eyed stranded manatee who had been rescued from the cold waters off Cape Cod died just an hour before reaching what was to be his new home in Sea World, Florida. The manatee, dubbed Dennis after turning up in the Massachusetts harbor of East Dennis, died while he was being transported south by truck, reports the Cape Cod Times. The cause of death will be determined by a necropsy.

“Everything looked to be encouraging," said a spokesman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. "But then he just crashed. We all feel like we had the rug pulled out from under us."