Two manatees become Snooty's new roommates

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:48 pm | Updated: 5:51 pm, Wed Jul 17, 2013.

BRADENTON, Fla. - Snooty the Manatee has some new friends to hang out with. But one of them was apparently not happy with the move to the South Florida Museum on Thursday.

“Longo” and “Cheeno” are joining the museum's long-time resident, Snooty. At 64 years old, he's the oldest known manatee in the world.

Both of the young manatees suffered from cold stress and have been undergoing therapy at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. The museum will offer the next phase in their care. The South Florida Museum is a second stage rehabilitation facility that provides a temporary home for manatees until they are ready for release back to the wild.

However, Thursday’s transfer did not go exactly as planned. As one of the young male manatees was lowered into a tank, he began flopping violently, splashing not just water at those in the room, but manatee waste as well.

 

Manatees generally cannot stay healthy in water colder than 68 degrees. They can develop skin lesions and pneumonia during extended exposure to cold.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Right Now

weather

Today

weather
82°
Details

Tomorrow

weather
78°
Details

Today

weather
67°
Details

Today

weather
71°
Details

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.