When we think of the internet, we usually think of browsing social media, reading articles, or watching videos. But the internet is so much more than that. It’s a place where people can connect and share information. It’s also a place where people can help save animals in need.
In 2018, the internet came together to save a manatee with the world’s worst name.
The manatee, who was affectionately named “Pizza” due to the large, round patches of algae on his back, was in danger of being euthanized due to his poor health. But thanks to the power of the internet, Pizza was able to get the treatment he needed and is now living a happy, healthy life.
The story of Pizza the manatee went viral after a post on Reddit caught the attention of the public. In the post, user u/TheAmazingAtheist shared a photo of Pizza and his story.
Pizza was born with a condition called entropion, which caused his eyelashes to grow inward, irritating his eyes. He was also born with a deformity in his tail, which made it difficult for him to swim. As a result of these conditions, Pizza was often bullied by other manatees and was unable to find a mate.
In 2016, Pizza was rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). He was taken to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida, where he received treatment for his condition.
However, due to his poor health, the zoo decided that the best course of action would be to euthanize Pizza. But thanks to the power of the internet, Pizza was given a second chance.
After the story of Pizza went viral, people from all over the world donated money to help pay for his treatment. As a result, Pizza was able to receive the surgery he needed to correct his entropion and tail deformity.
Today, Pizza is living a happy and healthy life. He has even found a mate and is currently expecting twins!
Thanks to the power of the internet, Pizza the manatee was given a second chance at life. And while he may have the world’sworst name, he is proof that the internet can be a force for good.