Oldest Living Manatee In Captivity Turns 65

BRADENTON, Fla. (July 19, 2013)--Snooty, the oldest living manatee in captivity, turns 65 this weekend in Bradenton, Fla.

He was born in Miami in 1948 and was moved to Manatee County a year later.

He lives at the South Florida Museum in downtown Bradenton and he’s the county's official mascot.

As it has each year for the past few decades, the museum will put on "Snooty's Birthday Bash," to celebrate the aquatic mammal.

The event is Saturday and Snooty's actual birth date is July 21, which is Sunday.

He's in good health and enjoys 80-pounds of lettuce a day.

On a recent day, he hoisted his 1,000-pound body up so he could sling a flipper onto the edge of the pool, pointed his face toward the museum's director and accepted a scratch on the nose.


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