Ilya The Manatee: Update!

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Huffington Post/AP

UPDATE: Ilya is back in Miami!

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LINDEN, N.J. — Officials have lost sight of a wayward Florida manatee that they wanted to rescue from frigid New Jersey waters.

Ilya had been huddling near at outfall pipe at a Linden refinery last week to try to stay warm.

Marine mammal rescuers devised a plan to capture the sea cow and return it to Florida's warmer waters. However, no one has seen Ilya since Friday afternoon.

Bob Schoelkopf (SHELL'-koff) of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center says he hopes Ilya is heading south on his own.

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