Fate of manatee stuck in NJ uncertain

October 17, 2009 4:44:43 PM PDT
The fate of a Florida manatee that has wandered into New Jersey waters remained unclear Saturday night. The wayward male - known as Ilya - has been stuck near a Linden oil refinery, and officials say plunging temperatures and a lack of food were endangering his life. And while the gentle sea cow appears to be in good health, it had been huddling near an outfall pipe at an oil refinery in Linden - the only place it could find warm water.

Officials with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey says Ilya was last seen Friday afternoon.

They had hoped to make a rescue attempt that day, but continuing bad weather along the Jersey Shore has stymied their efforts.

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