We didn’t write that headline–NPR did. Which is to say, even though this story sounds made up, it’s not.
Why would anyone want to ride a manatee, anyway? Ask Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, who was photographed attempting such a feat in Pinellas County, Florida. The photographs were released yesterday in a public effort to identify the perpetrator, who turned herself in a few hours later.
Gutierrez was charged with a 2nd degree misdemeanor under the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, which states it is unlawful for anyone to “intentionally or negligently annoy, molest, harass, or disturb [any manatee].”
We’re not totally sure what this has to do with horses, but it seemed like something the Horse Nation would appreciate anyhow. Thanks to Samantha Clark for the tip!