Emoji was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital. Estimated to be just 2 weeks old, he weighed 66 pounds and was emaciated. "He was having a difficult time maintaining his body temperature," Dr. Ray L. Ball, the senior veterinarian who treated Emoji, told the Dodo. "He was very weak and lethargic." Dr. Ball and his staff discovered Emoji had consumed debris and plastic bags.
"Manatees, especially orphaned manatees, will ingest fishing hooks and line while grazing for food," Ball said.