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It is not uncommon for mother manatees to have a calf that is not their own hang around. Most of the time another mother has left a young one in the springs to go out to forage. Many times a lone calf will latch onto another mother and calf. Sometimes manatees are orphaned and manatee adoption has been documented. Three Sisters Springs on a clear blue water peaceful day. Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, endangered IUCN. USFWS downlisted to Threatened in 2017. Kings Bay, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida USA.