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The Manatee! A female sea cow can give birth to a single

The Manatee! A female sea cow can give birth to a single calf every three years. The calf begins feeding on plants when it’s a few weeks old, but continues to nurse from its mother for about 12 to 18 months. This long period of nursing allows the calf to learn migration routes, foods, and preferred feeding areas from its mother. As of April 2012, it is estimated there are less than 3,000 left, about ten percent die each year, injured and killed in accidents involving boatsKea Clearsky

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