With veg­gie cake, jazz, man­a­tee cel­e­brates birth­day in style

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

To the strains of up­beat jazz and with a veg­etable cake laid on as a spe­cial treat, Canola the Sin­ga­porean man­a­tee cel­e­brated her third birth­day in style yes­ter­day. The nearly 300-kilo­gram man­a­tee swam around in a large aquar­ium as a three-piece jazz band played at a party at­tended by dozens of school­child­ren. Divers swam in car­ry­ing a two-me­ter high “cake” made of sweet potato leaves and car­rot and topped off with a “C” fash­ioned from cab­bage, as the guests sang happy birth­day.

The fes­tiv­i­ties were joined by the other 12 man­a­tees in Canola’s herd, who jos­tled for bites of the cake in the aquar­ium. Canola is the mas­cot for the River Sa­fari, a wildlife park in Sin­ga­pore. She was born there but was raised by River Sa­fari staff af­ter be­ing aban­doned by her mother. To em­u­late the fatty milk pro­duced by nurs­ing man­a­tees, her care tak­ers added canola oil to the for­mula they fed her-which gave the sea cow her name. The man­a­tee is a marine mam­mal that has flip­pers, a flat tail and an egg-shaped head. It is clas­si­fied as “vul­ner­a­ble” by pro­tec­tion group the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture.—AFP

SIN­GA­PORE: Aquar­ists de­liver a cake for Canola, a Sin­ga­pore-born man­a­tee, to cel­e­brate its third birth­day at the River Sa­fari in Sin­ga­pore yes­ter­day.—AFP

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