Woodstock the manatee prepared to head back to the wild Tuesday after three years of rehabilitation at the Miami Seaquarium.
"She did come in very cold stressed, needed antibiotics and fluid therapy," said Dr. Maya Rodriguez.
It took a group of 10 to move Woodstock out of her pool and onto a refrigerated truck. She'll be released in her native waters near the Southwest Orange River, which is about two hours away from Virginia Key.
Her mother died in 2011, but veterinarians say this week's cold snap is a good time to release Woodstock.
"We love it when it's this cold because we know that that warm area is going to have the most manatees, so she will have the most opportunity to meet other manatees, to learn from them, and learn how to migrate with them and how to eat with them," said Rodriguez.