Wooten arrived at the Miami International Airport on Thursday.
The 630-pound manatee has spent nearly two years at the Cincinnati Zoo rehabilitating. Wooten was rescued as an orphaned calf from Wooten's Pond near Ochopee in Collier County.
Wooten will be released back into the wild at the Orange River near Fort Myers sometime next year.
A few thousand pounds of military metal has been converted to serve and protect approximately 2,500 people along less than 1 square mile of streets in one South Florida town.
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