Brooklyn photographer’s video of bottle-fed baby manatee captures 16M views

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A video taken by a Brooklyn photographer at Sea World has gone viral – with 16 million views and counting.

The video shows a baby manatee being bottle-fed by its handler.

Photographer Michael George, of Ditmas Park, loves animals. It’s a passion that started when he visited Sea World as a child in Florida.

He shot the video while doing research for a book he was writing called “Life At The Zoo” in 2017.

“I originally went behind-the-scenes for National Geographic stories and I realized kids and adults didn't realize everything that goes on behind the scenes so I decided to make this a larger story on my own,” he says.

The viral video has brought even more attention to the children's book.

“Life At The Zoo” gives kids a better picture of how zoos and aquariums rescue animals and nurse them back to health.  The baby manatees, for example, lost their families in a hurricane.

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