Orphaned manatees find temporary homes at 2 Ohio zoos

CINCINNATI (AP) — Three orphaned manatees have found temporary homes in Ohio.

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Daphne, a 250-pound orphaned female manatee, swims in her enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Cincinnati. The nearly 1-year-old Florida native mammal was rescued on April 9. Her mother was fatally struck by a boat. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Cincinnati Zoo staff says the calf will be named Daphne They say she is swimming and interacting with three orphaned males at the zoo's Manatee Springs. Visitors will be able to see the group Thursday.

The new additions in Columbus join four other manatees at the zoo's Manatee Coast exhibit and could be visible to the public sometime Tuesday.

The hope is the manatees will be returned to their natural habitats in Florida. The Ohio zoos participate in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Program.