Sunday, August 22, 2004

Rare rhino needs a unique name

The Enquirer

The Cincinnati Zoo wants your help in naming its 3-week-old Sumatran rhinoceros calf, which went on public display for the first time Thursday. (You can see her at the zoo 11 a.m.-2 p.m. daily).

Sumatran rhinos are one of the most endangered mammals on earth. The birth of the female calf was historic because it was the first time scientists have been able to twice impregnate one female in captivity.

To submit a name, go to Deadline for submissions is 6 p.m. Sunday.

Winners will be announced Sept. 3.

Here are a few of the more than 3,000 names submitted so far:

• Empuh. "Combination of parents' names."

• Matahari. "Indonesian for sun."

• Maupin. "In honor of Matt Maupin."

• Bhutan. "This is a kingdom/country in the Himalayas where the Sumatran rhino is found."

• Anai. "For the famous Anai Gorge, the ancient passageway between the coast and the highlands in Sumatra."

• Indah Bayi Badak. "Indonesian translation of Beautiful Baby Rhino."

• Tammy Rhinette. "Would sound great on the news."

• Nancy Sumatra. "Named after Nancy Sinatra."

• Tsunami. "She's making waves in the breeding world."

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