The Cincinnati Zoo has named its newest baby hippo Fritz after an online vote by tens of thousands of its devoted fans.
After receiving over 90,000 name suggestions from every state in the US and over 60 countries, zoo staff narrowed it down to Fritz or Ferguson – Fritz won with 56% of the vote.
“We would have been happy with either name, but we really think the name Fritz fits this spunky little guy’s personality,” said Wendy Rice, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director of hippo care, in a press release.
Fritz, a male, is a little brother of the zoo’s already famous hippopotamus, Fiona. Fiona was born six weeks premature and was unable to stand on her own, although she is now healthy and happy at the zoo.
Employees at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden discovered the calf’s mother, 23-year-old Bibi, was pregnant on April Fool’s Day this year. It came as a surprise because Bibi was on birth control.
“We also thought it was funny that it was suggested because Fritz is here because Bibi’s birth control method is ‘wrong,'” Rice said.
Fritz is just a few weeks old and spends his days with his mother in a private enclosure, although the zoo said introductions will begin soon.
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