Dog at Orange Beach safe after spooky encounter with manatees

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – An Orange Beach family breathe a sigh of relief after their dog encountered several manatees on Monday afternoon.

The dog’s name is Flip and luckily she’s fine, but it’s something her family will never forget.

“I saw there were about eight to ten manatees. Me and Flip were just checking them out. She wanted to get a little more action, so she went in the water and scared them all,” Sage Taylor said.

It was very fast. The whole thing only lasted a few seconds. But that was enough time for Taylor to worry.

“My heart dropped, that’s for sure. But when I saw she was safe, I was like, come on, let’s get back to shore,” Taylor said.

One of Flip’s favorite activities is swimming. And even though she wasn’t hurt, it took its toll.

“She was very shaken up. She didn’t even dry off or anything. She came straight home and sat here all day and the rest of the night,” Taylor said.

But 24 hours later, she’s back in the water. Taylor told FOX10 she never thought the video would get attention on social media.

“I woke up and got about 90 text messages and three missed calls from a bunch of people, and I was like wow, I woke up famous,” Taylor said.

And as for Flip, she is doing very well.

“We’ll swim and fish the rest of the night. She loves to stay in the water,” Taylor said.

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