Video: Meet Snooty - the world's oldest manatee

Video: Meet Snooty - the world's oldest manatee

Published 25 October 2016
 
Snooty the sea cow has earned himself a place in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition because he is the Oldest manatee in captivity.
 
 
Snooty was born on 21 July 1948, which makes him an incredible 67 years old!
 
Oldest manatee eating lettuce

 
The tame sea mammal was brought to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida, USA in 1949 when he was just a calf, and it has been his home ever since.
 
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He lives in a 60,000-US-gal (230,000-litre) pool with two other manatees - but Jessica Schubick, who works at the South Florida Museum, says that Snooty tends to prefer humans to other manatees.
 
"He doesn't really seem to form bonds with other manatees, but doesn't seem to mind them. He really likes people," she said. 
 
Oldest manatee getting cleaned up 1959
1959: Snooty getting cleaned up, aged 11
 
One of the reasons that Snooty has been able to live such a long live is thanks to the controlled environment he lives in.
 
In the wild, factors like boat strikes and fishing debris mean that most manatees die before they reach the age of 10.
 
Oldest manatee at Florida museum

  
Snooty appears in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book alongside hundreds of other amazing animals.
 
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