Celebrate Snooty the Manatee’s 65th Birthday at a Free Bash

By: Dalia Colon

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Some pretty famous dudes were born in 1948: rockers Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne, actor Samuel L. Jackson, Britain's Prince Charles...

 

But not even His Royal Majesty can claim to be the official mascot of Manatee County. That honor belongs to another gent who was born in 1948: Snooty the manatee.

 

Yes, world’s oldest known manatee turns 65 this month. (He doesn’t look a day over 18. See for yourself on the Snooty Cam.)

 

To mark the occasion, the South Florida Museum and its accompanying Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton are hosting Snooty’s 65th Birthday Bash, Arts and Wildlife Awareness Festival. The free event happens July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Nearly 5,000 revelers attend Snooty’s annual birthday festivities, which include entertainment, children’s activities, wildlife presentations and a display of cards Snooty has received from well-wishers worldwide. And what’s a birthday party without treats? Have your camera handy to snap a photo of Snooty devouring his fruit and veggie “cake.”

 

Admission to the outdoor birthday bash is free. Reduced admission to the museum galleries is available for $11.95 to $15.95.

 

Birthday bonus: Through July 31, 2013, anyone born in 1948 gets free admission to the property’s museum, aquarium and planetarium.

 

Get details at 941-746-4131 or SouthFloridaMuseum.org.

 

Happy birthday, Snooty!

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