Due to both man made and natural dangers the manatee is an endangered species , usually manatees don’t live past 30 and most don’t even pass age 10 , so when we get a chance to celebrate a 66 birthday to a manatee called Snooty is kind of a big deal . yesterday on the 21 of July Snooty turned 66 in good health and became the oldest manatee living in captivity and most likely the oldest one ever . you might think that because of their sweet nature and harmless dispositions these amazing animals will live longer, but in fact they suffer mutilations from boats and razor sharp propellers due to insufficient protections , for now we can take comfort that Snooty here lives a long and happy life in the South Florida Museum’s Parker Manatee and he makes his visitors feel very loved.
Here is the birthday boy – 66 years young Snooty !
Snooty was born in 1948
Because Snooty was born in captivity , he can’t be released to the wild
If you wonder how he keeps himself in such good shape at this age, his diet consists of 70-80 lbs of lettuce , Kale m carrots , cabbage , bok choy , broccoli and other healthy vegetables on a daily basis
Snooty has helped us understand manatees much better, with the research performed with him the understanding on his species has improved dramatically, what once was considered as a dumb animal ( because of their tiny brain in proportion of their body ) is now known to have intelligence just like a dolphin ! but with far less grace and agility
Once again Snooty , happy birthday sweet dude
You can read more about the aquarium and Snooty in these links : Instagram , facebook , huffpost , southfloridamusium
Source : boredpanda