The Internet Mourns Snooty, The World’s Oldest Living Manatee, Who Died The Day After His 69th Birthday
The world is in mourning after news broke yesterday that Snooty, the world’s oldest living Manatee, had died just two days after his 69th birthday.
Snooty was born in captivity on July 21st, 1948. At the time of his death, Snooty was still able to perform tricks he’d learned while President Harry S. Truman was in office. Snooty was never released into the wild because he was born into captivity and cared for by humans his entire life, but this meant that Snooty was closer to humans than any other manatee in history. Every. Single. Year. of my childhood we took classroom field trips to the Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton, Florida to visit Snooty, who was already the World’s Oldest Living Manatee even back when I was a little kid. Snooty alwas preferred ‘blonde women and bald men‘ when swimming to the side of his tank to say hello.
In the wild, manatees have no predators but they might only live into their late teens due to lack of food, water borne illnesses, danger from boat props, etc. It was a legitimate miracle that Snooty lived to be 69 (obligatory ‘nice’). When news broke of Snooty’s death, just one day after his 69th birthday party, the Internet went into a meltdown, and rightfully so.