Baby tire manatee rescue
As previously reported, suspected vandalism to the baby manatee sculpture outside of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s award-winning restrooms at the Visitor & Education Center has required repair. The refuge and “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge thanked everyone who sent kind words and contributions toward its restoration. After making contact with the sculptures’ original artist, Andrew Corke – who has since relocated from Sanibel to Colorado – a plan formed to repair the damage. Artist Lawrence Voytek, who helped Corke mount the sculptures two years ago, came out on June 30 to restore the manatees to their one-of-a-kind beauty and instruct staff on how to maintain them and the outdoor murals that are exposed to the elements. Donations toward the repairs and upkeep are accepted at “http://www.dingdarlingsociety.org/donation”>www.dingdarlingsociety.org/donation or at 239-472-1100 ext. 4.