Q. Does the male manatee play a role in raising the calf?
-- Wendy Clagett, Ohio
A. Manatees do not form permanent pair bonds like some animals species. During breeding, a single female, or cow, will be followed by a group of a dozen or more males or bulls, forming a mating herd. After giving birth, mothers nurse their young for one to two years, and males assume no responsiblility for raising the calf.