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The oldest manatee in the world turns 65

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Still Waters

Snooty the manatee was born when Harry S. Truman was president, Columbia records had just released its 33 1/3 LP format, and people were still talking about how the NBC television network had broadcast Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in its entirety.

Life in America, of course, has changed.

But Snooty is still around, entertaining visitors, munching on lettuce and swimming silently in his tank at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.

http://ca.news.yahoo...-082239392.html

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Gunn

I hope I look that good when I reach that age.

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Grandpa Greenman

Poor Snooty lives all alone in a small pool. I have seen him and fed him some lettuse. Kind of a sad life for a manatee.

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Sundew

They should have gotten him a buddy or a mate, manatees are social animals. Aside from boat collisions they really don't have any natural predators so it's amazing that they don't all live long lives. Their biggest enemy is the cold, they don't have blubber like a whale and chill pretty easily. When record low temperatures come to Florida they are also plagued by pneumonia and a cold snap in that state killed hundreds a few years back. In winter they pack into Florida's springs where the water temperature stays a relatively warm 72 degrees; often there are so many you could almost walk across the river on them.

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ash68

I'm sure if he could talk he'd want quality of life rather than quantity

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d e v i c e

He's been robbed of his freedom and mollycoddled all his life. That's not what he wanted. Happy b-day great manatee. You will be free, one day.

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moonshadow60

Has he been kept away from his own kind for all of that time? Oh, Lord. I wouldn't want to live so long without being able to communicate with anybody. The poor fellow.

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Grandpa Greenman

They should have taken him to the park at Homasassa Springs. They have a big lake with Manatees in it and they have a viewing window under the water. I was amazed how they would interact with the people looking at them. I wasn't expecting them to be so playful.

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Lava_Lady

They should have gotten him a buddy or a mate, manatees are social animals. Aside from boat collisions they really don't have any natural predators so it's amazing that they don't all live long lives. Their biggest enemy is the cold, they don't have blubber like a whale and chill pretty easily. When record low temperatures come to Florida they are also plagued by pneumonia and a cold snap in that state killed hundreds a few years back. In winter they pack into Florida's springs where the water temperature stays a relatively warm 72 degrees; often there are so many you could almost walk across the river on them.

I saw a documentary once that said they are often hit by motor/speed boats and suffer fatal injuries in the wild. Regardless, it's a slow, lonely death to be in captivity like that.

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Eldorado

In jail his entire life. Poor Snooty. :(

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jesspy

In jail his entire life. Poor Snooty. :(

Now you put it that way I am sad. Poor Snooty.

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Claire.

Three years later, Snooty (now 68) is still around.

There's a really cute video of Snooty included in the article below:

Snooty is now the world's oldest manatee living in captivity, the Guinness World Records recently announced. The sea cow was brought to South Florida Museum as an 11-month-old calf in 1949. Now 68 years old, Snooty has earned the world record title.

"We felt it was important to apply on Snooty's behalf, because we wanted people to understand that manatees can live for a long time," Marilyn Margold, director of living collections at South Florida Museum, said in a video for the Guinness World Records. "Taken proper care of, paying attention to their habitats, those things can help with their longevity. They are hearty animals overall." [Marine Marvels: Spectacular Photos of Sea Creatures]

Though they may look hearty, most manatees living in the wild die before they reach the age of 10. Algae blooms, fishing debris and boat strikes threaten these gentle giants, which are listed as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Source: Live Science

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Still Waters

He's still going strong, good old Snooty and he has company now. Thanks for the update Clair :)

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