Wednesday, February 14, 2007

'Tux' Wins Penguin Naming Contest

More than 9,000 people voted online through to pick the name. "Tux" was the winner with 39 percent of the votes.

Usually when a baby arrives at the Denver Zoo, someone at the zoo gets the privilege of naming the animal. This time around the zoo decided to do things a little differently.

More than 600 people submitted name suggestions to last month. Users were then able to vote for the most popular suggestion to our Web site. CBS4 forwarded that name to Denver Zoo and it competed against the other media suggestions.

The name "Tux" beat out the other two suggestions of "Dassen" and "Shivers."

The male penguin hatched at the zoo on Oct. 18. He will be wearing a yellow arm band for easy identification.

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