Meeting Snooty

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I have a sneaking fondness for those lumbering sea-cows – manatees.

I first saw them in the protected wildlife areas around the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, quietly and serenely meandering in the waterways along the main road to get there. A couple were grazing at the bottom of the water and from that point onwards I started to get interested.

Which leads me to Snooty. Nobody really knows how long manatees live for but it is known that Snooty will be 68 today. Snooty, a West Indian manatee, was born on July 21, 1948 moving on to become a permanent resident of South Florida Museum at eleven months old ie since 1949.

Each year the museum, which is in the Florida city of Bradenton hosts a birthday for Snooty and this year it is on July 23rd so if you are holidaying in central Florida, here is a day out with a difference.

The Birthday Bash, Arts and Wildlife Awareness Festival has food, entertainment, children’s games and activities but, just as importantly, wildlife awareness presentations about manatees.

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