Friday, February 10, 2012

NY zoo penguin chick naming contest a hit online

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — People from around the world are flocking to an upstate New York zoo's website to help name a Humboldt penguin chick hatched last month.
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo has released the top 10 girl and boy names from among 1,100 suggestions offered from the U.S. and a list of countries including Germany, Brazil, Singapore, Ecuador and Finland.
Because the Humboldts breed off Peru and Chile, judges gave Spanish names a preference. The finalists? Alberto (all-BER'-toh), Caio (KAYE'-oh), Fausto (FOWS'-toh), Inigo (in-EE'-go), Mauricio (mohr-EETS'-ee-oh), Cataleya (cot-uh-LEH'-uh), Eva (EH'-vuh), Hota (HO'-tuh), Isabelita (ees-UH'-buh-lee-tuh) and Solana (so-LAW'-nuh).
Zoo spokesman Lorrell Walter says Thursday they made two lists because the chick's gender hasn't been determined.
The little penguin hatched on Jan. 9, the first of six this year and among 30 born since a breeding program started in 2005.


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