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A day after celebrating his 69th birthday, Snooty, the oldest living manatee in captivity, has died, according to the South Florida Museum.
The Bradenton musuem, which housed Snooty at its Parker Aquarium, announced the news Sunday via Twitter, saying the manatee died as the reuslt of an apparent accident. Three other manatees currently being rehabilitated at the museum were not harmed.
Snooty turned 69 on Friday, and the musuem honored him on Saturday with his annual birthday party.
The reaction to the tragic news was quick via social media.