People Are Petitioning For A Confederate Statue To Be Replaced With A Statue Of Snooty The Manatee

"The best news out of Florida today is that 4,000 people want to replace a confederate statue with a manatee statue."

Snooty, a beloved manatee who lived at the South Florida Museum, died Sunday, just days after his 69th birthday.

People were devastated by the loss of the manatee, who was a hometown hero in Bradenton, Florida.

People are beginning to leave tributes to #Snooty

All I'm saying is that Manatee County better throw Snooty the best dang funeral a manatee can have. #ripsnooty

And now, a petition has been created to replace a Confederate memorial statue near the aquarium with one of Snooty. It's already received over 4,800 signatures.

After hearing people talking about removing the local Confederate monument — something Pusateri called "a symbol of slavery, racism, bigotry, and divisiveness" — he thought it presented an opportunity to memorialize Snooty instead, a "positive symbol of what is good about the community," he said.

Support for the petition is quickly growing.

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People think it would be a beautiful, fitting tribute.

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