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.