The Toronto Zoo recently placed naming their endangered pygmy hippopotamus calf into the public’s hands.
After nearly two weeks of public voting, the name has been revealed! This cute little ball of waxy skin flaps finally has a name: Penelope.
"Oh hi there, today’s the last day to help choose my name”
— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) October 2, 2018
Zookeepers selected the original list of names, and about 10,000 votes were cast.
Penelope won over other options like Alika, Zola, and Zawadi.
The baby pygmy hippo was born on August 10th, and she will be on exhibit daily from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.
— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) September 20, 2018
Baby Penelope’s birth was very important for hippopotamuses around the world, as there are only about 2,000 to 3,000 pygmy hippos left in the wild.
The zoo said that the hippo’s habitat has been dramatically reduced over the last century because of logging, farming, and human settlement.