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Sixty-eight may not seem that old, but Snooty the manatee holds a world record for that age. Snooty is now the oldest manatee in captivity the Guinness World record recently announced. The sea cow was brought to the South Florida museum as an 11 month old in 1949.
“People need to understand that manatees can live for a long time,” said Director of Animal Collection at the South Florida Museum Maroline Margold. They feed manatees six times a day, and love to swim in a pool. The animal caregivers think that the manatee is the greatest thing to happen to them. Most manatee in the wild will die at a young age.The statistics say that a manatee will die at the age of 10 years old. UCN is trying to get as much manatee as they can get. The manatee were so close to going extinct in 1910, so they started taking them in and feeding them and giving the manatee medicine so they can survive. The manatee looks like a mole mixed with a seal. Its color is grey and white. ~ Logan McGinnis