Florida's Famous Animals : True Stories of Sunset Sam the Dolphin, Snooty the Manatee, Big Guy the Panther, and Others

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-12
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot
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Amazing, heartwarming and true animal stories with photos! For animal lovers all over the planet, here is an easy-to-read collection of real-life rescues, rehabilitations, and adoptions from a state renowned for its wildlife. Read about the bottle-nose dolphin who paints pictures on canvas, the 205-pound baby elephant who needed a name, and the hippopotamus who was adopted by an entire town. Fun for the whole family. Jan Annino Godown is the author of several books about Florida, and lives in Tallahassee.

Author Biography

Jan Annino Godown tutors college students, writes a column on children's literature, and is working towards an MFA degree in children's literature. Jan lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Table of Contents

Take a Bow (Wow!)p. vi
Introduction: Manatees, Panthers, and Bears, Oh My!p. ix
Maya: Mystery Owlp. 1
Dave: Parade Catp. 10
Boo Boo: Capital Bearp. 17
Electra: Manatee Aided by Manateesp. 26
Lu: Town Hippop. 35
Sunset Sam: Dolphin Deedsp. 45
Tamani: 205-Pound Newbornp. 54
Brownie: Dog for All of Daytonap. 64
Chessie: Cold-water Visitorp. 73
Snooty: Manatee Mascotp. 85
Jet: Dog Near the Runwayp. 93
Rosie: Big Beauty on Miami Beachp. 101
Big Guy: Panther Patientp. 111
More of Florida's Famous Animalsp. 122
How to Assist Florida's Animalsp. 126
Sourcesp. 131
Indexp. 143
About the Authorp. 147
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Chessie Cold-water creature

It was the summer of 1995. All along the coast of New England children raced into the water and splashed back out, yelling that it was just too cold. Then they plunged in again because it was summer.
A native Florida swimmer, the size of a small rowboat, also tested the same shoreline waters that August. This amazing warm-water mammal, looking like a walrus without tusks or a giant swimming potato, was a West Indian manatee. It lived in Florida. But this manatee seemed to want to get as far away from home as it could. And it had swum steadily north all the way from Florida about 1,500 miles, to Rhode Island.
Something in the Rhode Island waters must have finally given the manatee a shiver. At a coastal region called Point Judith, known for its lighthouse beacon, the manatee turned around to begin the long swim home.
Some time between Sept. 23 when it was near Virginia, and Nov. 16 when it was seen near Jacksonville, it had arrived back in Florida. And so this manatee known as Chessie officially entered the history books as the longest-traveled manatee in the world¿some 3,000 miles up and back.

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