Friday, October 16, 2009

Penguin Chick at Rosamond Zoo Gets a Name

Bridgeport teen names Rosamond Gifford Zoo penguin Marisol
By Charley Hannagan / The Post-Standard
October 15, 2009, 10:09AM

New Penguin Chick at Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Syracuse, NY-- The new penguin chick at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo has a name, and a parent.

The chick will be called Marisol, a name submitted by Ashley Redhead, 15, of Bridgeport. Zoo officials this morning named Redhead the winner of its Penguin Chick Naming Contest.

As the winner, she receives a VIP tour of the penguin facilities and will be Marisol's adoptive parent for a year.

Marisol is a Spanish name loosely translated as "sunny sea," the zoo said.

“I thought it would be cute because we can always use sun in Syracuse,” Redhead said in a news release.
The contest received 379 suggestions, which were narrowed to six finalists by the judges. The names were: Alita, Chica, Marisol, Nena Pingüina, Pepita and Plumita.

After two weeks of voting, Marisol rose to the top with 27 percent of the 729 votes.


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