Thousands Want To Replace Confederate Monument With Statue Of Snooty The Manatee

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

The museum said Snooty was born in 1948 at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company, calling it the first recorded birth of a manatee in human care.

"To honor Snooty's legacy [of nearly 70 years] as a positive icon in Bradenton, I propose that the negative symbol of racism and oppression that is the Confederate monument. that stands directly in front of the old courthouse just blocks away from the aquarium where Snooty relocated and replaced with a statue of Snooty the Manatee", which died over the weekend.

Almost 4,000 petitioners are calling for a statue of Snooty the manatee, who passed away Sunday at almost 70 years old, to take over a Confederate memorial in Bradenton, Fla., according to ABC Action News.

The man who created the petition, Anthony Pusateri, said in a comment thread that he would submit his proposal to Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston, the Bradenton City Council and the Manatee County commissioners if it received 2,000 signatures.

The monument in question is an obelisk that sits outside the Manatee County Historic Courthouse.

Snooty died two days after his 69th birthday in "simply a heartbreaking accident", according to aquarium officials.

A necropsy has been completed on Snooty the manatee, with officials saying Monday that he died from drowning. While the other younger and smaller manatees in the enclosure managed to escape, Snooty was apparently too big to make his way out. The average life span of a manatee in the wild is 40 years.

The beloved marine animal was found dead during a check of his enclosure Sunday morning, the museum said. Twitter was filled with emotional farewells, and people left tributes of lettuce (Snooty's favorite snack) at the museum. Snooty and many other manatees are identified by unique scars from boat propellers.

As the community mourns, a petition on to replace the Confederate monument in front of the Manatee County courthouse garnered more than 1,500 signatures in less than 24 hours.

"This petition has not been formally presented to Bradenton City Hall", said Tim McCann, Bradenton's public information officer, to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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