^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 617.566.7369 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sat, 12 Apr 97 12:51:00 GMT From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Latin American Briefs Latin American Briefs By The Associated Press BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- A 6-year-old manatee has given birth to twins, the first manatee birth in captivity in South America and only the second such event ever, government scientists said Friday. The mother manatee, Sereia, gave birth to two female cubs Thursday at the government's Manatee Project, located on Itamaraca island, 1,400 miles northeast of Brasilia. "The two cubs appear healthy and are in stable condition but we're a little concerned because they are very small," veterinarian Francisco Colares said. Newborn manatees normally weigh about 70 pounds. One of the new cubs weighs 40 pounds and the other only 35 pounds. The Manatee Project rescues manatees in distress -- often cubs whose parents have been killed by fishermen -- and helps them recover with the intention of setting them free.