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Missing For A Century, Manatees Resettle In Caribbean

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Two Singapore-born manatees, flown halfway around the world this week under a program to restore Caribbean populations of the endangered sea cows, are settling in well in Guadeloupe, Agence France Presse reports.

The giant, slow-moving, whiskered herbivores became extinct in the French overseas territory in the early 20th century.

Kai, 7, and Junior, 6, were both born and bred at Singapore Zoo.

On Monday, the two were flown 12,200 miles to their new tropical home, where the gentle sloth-like male mammals received a rapturous welcome.

Guadeloupe National Park said Thursday the pair, who were regularly sprayed with water during their 34-hour journey in open-top crates, were “doing well” after their voyage.

“The first signs are positive,” one of their minders said.

“They are starting to interact with their carers and to feed and keep hydrated,” he told reporters.

The new arrivals, who weigh between 1,100 and 1,540 pounds, were released into Grand Cul-de-Sac…

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