Manatees are one of the most threatened fresh water aquatic mammals. Overhunting, pollution, flood control dams, and high speed pleasure crafts have greatly diminished their numbers. Today some steps are being taken to protect the manatee from becoming extinct. Since manatees are herbivores, they can be used to clear weeds in irrigation canals and the dams of hydroelectric power stations, a benefit to both man and manatee.
12" long and nice and plump
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