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Buffalo Zoo: Her name is Luna

by jmaloni

Press release

Fri, Apr 26th 2013 05:10 pm

Naming contest for polar bear cub concludes

A naming contest that the Buffalo Zoo conducted to select a permanent name for its polar bear cub has ended. The cub will keep what started as her nickname among zookeepers and will be officially known as Luna.

The zoo began soliciting name suggestions for the cub via its Facebook page in March. It received hundreds of suggestions from residents of Western New York and around the world. Earlier this month, the cub's keepers narrowed down a few of their favorites. The zoo let the public vote between five choices.

A whopping 82 percent of the tallied votes were for Luna, the nickname keepers gave the cub when she was born.

The zoo held the naming contest to encourage the community to participate in the cub's naming process. Her keepers were delighted to learn that the public liked the nickname as much as they did.

For updates about Luna, visit www.buffalozoo.org, or the Buffalo Zoo's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BuffaloZoo.

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