A manatee, popularly known as sea cow, has been found in a riverine community in the Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, said immediately the ministry got the information, the state government moved to rescue the huge aquatic herbivorous mammal before residents could turn it to food.
He said the mammal was caught by the trap set by a fisherman in the area, adding that the government decided to rescue it because it was an endangered animal.
Onasanya said, “The mammal is an endangered species which breeds only a single calf once in two years. It is listed by the World Conservation Union as a specie vulnerable to extinction because of its meat, bones, and skin, which can bring wealth to poachers.