A manatee in Florida has highlighted the way in which captivity can unnaturally extend animal lifespans.
Known as Sooty, the manatee is not only the oldest living manatee but possibly the oldest to have ever existed. A resident at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, the sea-born mammal was celebrated with a special party that took place on Sunday. Sooty eats about 80 pounds of vegetable matter every day and shares a tank with two smaller manatees that are being rehabilitated.
"If you lived in a pool where people gave you a bath and fed you lettuce by hand and you had no other predators and the water was always a nice warm temperature, you'd be living long too," said the museum's executive director Brynne Anne Besio.
"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."
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