MARATHON, Florida. – A rescued juvenile bottlenose dolphin, airlifted from Texas to a research facility in the Florida Keys seven weeks ago, has been transferred to the facility’s main dolphin lagoon.

Thursday’s transfer marks the male marine mammal’s final integration into a “forever family” of other permanent dolphin residents.

Ranger recovering in a specially designed medical quarantine pool to increase his diet and weight, while strengthening both his immune system and his bond with human caregivers.

He was rescued a year ago after being discovered stranded in the waters around Goose Island State Park in Texas.

When he was found he was suffering from an underlying respiratory infection and dehydration following the death of his mother.