The Oklahoma City Zoo is looking to the public to help name its 176-pound newborn rhinoceros.
The male Indian rhino was born June 21 at the zoo. The contest to name the animal runs through Thursday. The winning name will be announced July 14. Those interested in voting can visit www.okczoo.com.
When Malee the elephant was named, the zoo received about 18,000 votes over 10 days.
The three choices the public can vote on are:
Rupert – This name is a twist on the currency of India, the rupee. It is the favorite of the pachyderm staff.
Russell – Almost self-explanatory, this name is a tip of the cap to Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
Garjan – The Hindi word for Thunder.
The naming process began before the rhino was born. The pachyderm staff kept a board in its office for staff to offer suggestions. The three names presented to the public are the narrowed down results of that in-house suggestion period. The process kicked into high gear when the baby was born.
“That night he was born it was a lot of fun listening to the staff going back and forth on the narrowing of the names,” Oklahoma City Zoo Marketing Director Tara Henson said. “Everyone was giddy about not only the birth but deciding what he would be named.”