Monday, October 13, 2008

Oh, the huge manatee!

Dennis the roadtripping manatee shuffled off his mortal coil on the road outside of Orlando, Florida. I hope he had a good last roadtrip, at least. Maybe they got him some pecan logs at a Stuckey's and stopped to let him See Rock City.

8 comments:

Earl said...

I suppose that he was influenced by Global Warming and certain knowledge that the ice caps are gone from the Artic so Dennis was certain to be the Manatee vacation spot when the snowbirds go to Florida and make hash out of the quiet waters.

I once learned that fooling with wild animals normally caused the death of the animal or the human, but it probably isn't taught any more.

Weer'd Beard said...

A sad tale, I have a soft spot for Manatees.

Still kinda reminds me of the Bailout Bill. Pay all sorts of crazy money to save somthing that just dies anyway....

mts said...

Just another case of where people screw with the natural order of things, only to destroy what they tried to save. When I was 8, I put a snowball in the freezer to save it. I was going to do that every year, to build a collection. A month later, it was as small as a marble (darn self defrosting Kenmores). I guess it takes some people longer to learn the lesson than others. Then I look at the gray hairs in Congress, and figure that some people never learn.

TBeck said...

Yeah, kind of like Timothy Treadwell playing kissy-face with the grizzlies. I've watched several episodes of THE GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES and I continue to be struck by his total lack of respect for these creatures as apex predators in their habitat.

Most people know that he managed to get both himself and his girlfriend killed by the bears, at which time the rangers responding to the scene had to then kill the bears.

The park rangers repeatedly warned him that he was effectively sentencing those bears to death by acclimating them to human presence, but he had something to prove.

His epitaph really shoud read, "Something he disagreed with ate him."

Peace out.

Rick said...

Reminds of the whales they saved several years ago.

farmist said...

Steve Graham (www.hogonice.com) had some of the funniest stories about manatees on his blog.

Anonymous said...

Love the title; picturing a flaming manatee crashing into the ground...

Anonymous said...

"Oh, the huge manatee"?
My God, Tam, you've seriously outdone youself with that one. I am absolutely LMAO!!!!!
Yours,
tokenokie