US authorities opened an investigation to find Responsible for writing the word “Trump” on the back of a Florida manatee, and scratching its skinA spokeswoman for the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) confirmed Monday.
In a video posted by local Citrus County Chronicle, Manatee is seen with President Donald Trump’s last name clearly capitalized on its back. Because of this fact, the authorities asked potential witnesses to report information about the crime.
The manatee was found on Sunday, four days later Trump supporters will invade Congress As a result, five people were killed, although it was not clear when the mistake was made.
The animal swam in the waters of the Homusasa River, In an area on the west coast of Florida where manatees congregate at this time of year in search of warm water.
Craig KavanaghA FWS investigator told the Citrus County Chronicle that he could not comment on what happened because it is an “ongoing investigation”. However, he urged providing information about what had happened.
Kavanagh He added that The responsible person could face a fine of up to $ 50,000 and one year in prison in federal prison for harassing protected creatures.
What is known about manatees?
Manatees are herbivorous mammals that belong to the elephant family, With bristles on the muzzle, heavy eyes and a spoonful tail.
They can reach It is four meters long and weighs half a tonBut despite its sheer size, They are easy victims of boats Sailing at very high speeds in canals or coastal areas.
According to figures released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Out of 637 A manatee that died In 2020, 90 people have died as a result of colliding with boats and 15 have been caused by other human causes.