Happy 68th, Snooty! World's Oldest Manatee Honored With Birthday Bash
Snooty, the world's oldest known manatee, turned 68 years old on Thursday.
The extra special sea mammal even got a birthday party fit for a Guinness World Record holder, complete with a cake.
The big bash was held Saturday at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, where Snooty has lived since he was a year old.
Unbelievably, that was way back in 1949. Snooty was born on July 21, 1948 in Miami.
"Snooty really puts a face on the manatee population as an endangered species," Jessica Schubick, the museum’s communications manager, told InsideEdition.com. "People don't get to see manatees very well in the wild."
Snooty, however, has been seen by an estimated 2 million people in the 67 years he's been at the museum.
Snooty's handlers say he's also unique because, as a captive-born manatee, he's imprinted on people unlike those born in the wild.
"He was raised by hand so he really has a connection with people," Schubick said. "And he gets extra special attention today."
Each year, but only on his birthday, Snooty gets a very special treat: fruit.
This year, the folks at the South Florida Museum made him a cake fashioned from fruit cut into a Pineapple Under The Sea Spongebob Squarepants theme that was chosen by Facebook users.
Schubick said Saturday's celebration attracted thousands of visitors, many of whom snapped photos of Snooty, which highlights yet another special characteristic of this already unique animal.
"Believe it or not, Snooty loves to have his picture taken," Schubick said. "We don't know if it's a trick he was taught earlier in life, but he'll swim right up to the glass when he sees any kind of lens."
For those who can't make it to Bradenton to wish Snooty a happy 68th, the museum has a Snooty Cam that lets anyone with internet access to view the beloved manatee live on a webcam from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.