Pro-Confederate Memorial Group Pushing for Manatee Statue

A Florida group trying to preserve Confederate monuments is backing a new effort- one that their opponents are also pushing for. A statue of Snooty the manatee. There is one difference- while some want the Snooty statue to replace a Confederate war memorial, the Florida branch of Save Southern Heritage wants the manatee to exist on its own. Spokesman David McCallister says they have urged county officials not to move the Confederate monument, but Snooty also is part of Florida history and heritage. The 69-year old sea cow drowned last month after getting caught in a maintenance tube at a Bradenton aquarium.

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