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World’s oldest manatee gets a clean bill of health


BRADENTON, FL — The world’s oldest known manatee is gearing up for a big celebration. Snooty has been the star attraction at the South Florida Museum since the 1940’s, and in a few weeks he’ll be turning 65 years old.

But before the party can begin, Snooty needed a visit from a doctor. Once snooty was led into a small, enclosed pool, he knew what was coming.

The large mammal started pacing back and forth and swimming in circles just as Dr. Dave Murphy, Snooty’s veterinarian, arrived.

Murphy said, “He’s comin’ up 65, so we thought we ought to take another look at him.”

On July 21st, Snooty will turn 65 years old. He’s spent his whole life in captivity – born at a Miami aquarium and has lived in Bradenton since 1949.

So just as you would at any physical, Snooty was weighed. He was very cooperative. After all, he’s done this quite a few times.

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