Palatka, Fla. — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shared photos of Bago the manatee’s return to the wild.
The 800-pounder was rescued from the cold waters of Lake Griffin State Park in January.
He spent the last six months recovering from stress at SeaWorld's Marine Animal Rescue in Orlando
Central Florida News 13 reported that the sea cow was hesitant to leave the plush environment and go back to the wild.
Officials eventually were able to get Bago to cooperate and released him in the St. Johns River near Palatka.
But not before he was fitted with a tracking device so that researchers can follow his progress.