Does the male manatee play a role in raising the calf?

The mother manatee teaches the calf necessary survival skills such as migration routes, feeding spots, and warm water locations.

 

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.

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