Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Twiggy—no not THAT Twiggy

I love that Twiggy, and her inimitable embodiment of the 1960s, but I’m back to remind you of the manatees, specifically the other Twiggy, an orphaned baby manatee rescued in Belize.

As you might know, I’m raising $795 for a manatee tracking monitor for Wildtracks in Belize, partners in the endangered manatees’ survival with the Florida-based Save the Manatee Club.

Twiggy was rescued in Belize as a very thin (thus the name) orphan. She has been given exceptional help by the volunteers that run and staff Wildtracks.

Jamal Galves holds Twiggy after she is rescued near Heusner Island in Belize. She weighed just 56 pounds at the time. (Photo courtesy Sea Sport.)
Please read this message from Katie Tripp, Director of Science and Conservation, Save the Manatee Club:
There’s an African proverb that translates to “It takes a village to raise a child.” I also believe it takes a village to raise an orphan baby manatee. For more than two years, you, our members and supporters, have been contributing funds and supplies to help Twiggy, a small baby manatee who washed up on the shore in Belize, motherless, with oyster shell cuts all over her face from struggling in shallow water, lacking the energy to protect herself. Twiggy was terribly skinny (which is how she got her name), and in serious need of help. With your help, this fragile baby manatee has grown and gained strength, and now she is preparing for her next big adventure—release back into the wild. 
I need the help of the village one more time, to ensure Twiggy’s safe release.  
Twiggy needs to be fitted with a satellite transmitter around the base of her tail so that her movements can be tracked after release. We use the same technology on manatees in Florida. These tags, and the monthly monitoring fees to follow her movements, come with a heavy price tag. All told, we are looking at a cost of $7,200. It was expected that Twiggy could use a borrowed tag, but when this tag recently became unavailable, the folks at Wildtracks, where Twiggy was rehabilitated, were faced with the possibility of releasing Twiggy without this vital piece of equipment. We couldn't let that happen! We have all worked so hard to give Twiggy the care and support she needs to succeed—we couldn't let her down now. 
Please help me continue to inch toward the goal of raising $795 for a manatee tracking monitor for Belize, to be used to track and insure manatees’ acclimation to the wild once released. Twiggy has made a major impact on Belize...you might say she is a rock star. Please help Twiggy’s beloved and endangered species with your purchase from my shops or by direct contribution at my YouCaring page.

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