Cincinnati Zoo sends two manatees back home to Florida

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- Sunday will be the last day that visitors can see two manatees before they return to Florida.

On Tuesday, manatees Turner and CC Baby will make a trip to Orlando as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. This will be the zoo's seventh and eighth manatee to participate in the program.

CC Baby will head to Homosassa Springs and Turner will go to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo where they will both be monitored before they are released into the wild. The two are scheduled to be released on 2011.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, the zoo will welcome three new manatees to Cincinnati. 300 pound Wooten, 900 pound Illusion, and 1800 pound Betsy will all make their debut at the Zoo's Otto M. Budig Family Foundation Manatee Springs. This will be the first time that the zoo has displayed three manatees at the same time since it opened in 1999.

Two of the manatees are scheduled to be released back into the wild in the next year. The last manatee will stay at the Cincinnati Zoo for a longer period of time.