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Rupert is the name for Oklahoma City Zoo's baby rhino

Those who voted in the Oklahoma City Zoo’s online poll to name its new baby rhino picked Rupert over Russell and Garjan.
by Matt Patterson Modified: July 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm •  Published: July 15, 2014

photo - Rupert stands Tuesday at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden.  Photo by  Sarah Phipps,  The Oklahoman  SARAH PHIPPS
Rupert stands Tuesday at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman SARAH PHIPPS

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s three-week old Indian rhino now has a name.

Rupert was the winner in an online poll conducted by the zoo. It was one of three choices, two of them with an Oklahoma City Thunder theme.

About 8,300 votes were cast, with 4,244 for Rupert, or 51 percent of the vote. Russell was second with 28 percent, and Garjan finished third with 21 percent.

Russell is a tip of the hat to Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Garjan is the Hindi word for Thunder.

Rupert is a twist on the rupee, the official currency of India.

The zoo staff narrowed the list down to three from their own selections. Rupert was considered the staff favorite.

“We all were pulling for that one, so it’s always fun when you get the name you were hoping for,” keeper Katie Reimers said. “We had been keeping an eye on the comments section on Facebook and one of the other keepers saw a NewsOK poll, so we knew Rupert was winning that poll.”

Reimers said Rupert, who is still nursing, has bonded well with his mother. The rhino is gaining about two to three pounds per day and is expected to weigh as much as 4,000 pounds when fully grown. He currently weighs about 205 pounds.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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