Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016
On a day when elephants are on their way to Omaha, a little penguin has some news of its own. A rockhopper penguin chick born at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium on Dec. 12 finally has a name: Francis. A naming contest drew more than 1,400 in-person submissions.
The name was chosen by keepers and was submitted by Joe Danks, who received a penguin-themed gift basket from the zoo for submitting the winning entry.
The penguin chick went on display on Feb. 24 after being hand-raised off-exhibit. It was placed in a playpen in the Scott Aquarium to keep it dry while its waterproof feathers grew in.