Friday, March 14, 2008

Name This Brooklyn Kangaroo

Kangaroo One

We got an email from the Heart of Brooklyn Partnership about the kangaroo naming contest that started yesterday for this joey born at the Prospect Park Zoo. Frankly, we'd take any excuse to run these photos we requested from them, but the naming contest, which runs through March 20, is also a very good reason. Here's a bit about the joey and the contest:
This little joey is Brooklyn-born and bred, but its species is native to Australia. Our zookeepers are still waiting to see whether this little one is male or female, so our only word of advice is to keep the name unisex.

Once all of the suggestions are in, the zoo’s animal staff will review them and choose the top four. HOB’s homepage will post these four contenders and the public will vote for their favorite online...Born late last year, the curious little ‘roo is now often seen hopping out of mom Christy’s pouch to briefly explore its new surroundings, before heading back inside to take cover. The Prospect Park Zoo is the only zoo in the Northeast with western gray kangaroos, and it can now boast having four of them. The best part is the kangaroos roam freely throughout their exhibit, so you never know when one might literally hop your way! The zoo will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and until 5:00 p.m. on the weekends. Starting March 22, the zoo begins its spring summer hours, which are Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm; 5:30 weekends.
We have tossed the name "Coney" into the ring. It has a good gender-neutral sound and also works well as Coney the Kangaroo.

Kangaroo Two

[Photos courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society]

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Blogger Clark said...

I like Gowanus (boy) or Gojuanita (girl).

12:11 PM  
Blogger Z. Madison said...

The cuteness is almost unbearable...

My vote's for Brooke Lynn if it's a girl and Parker (nod to the 'Slope) if it's a boy.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh. I thought the zoo in PP got rid of all the big ticket animals. When I went there, years ago, they had leopards in cement cages. The polar bears had no room to walk and just paced back and forth all day long. It was sick. The day after I saw them, the cops shot them dead because some idiot kids were swimming in the moat...and they weren't even there when the cops shot them DEAD. I say name this baby BORN FREE and send it back to Australia where it will become a pelt for Fendi or...lunch. Better off than here.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kangaroos in Australia are considered vermin and land owners have all legal rights to shoot and kill them. They breed like rabbits and aren't much fun when they land on your windscreen while you're hurtling down a highway.

Not that I condone any of the above.

That said, these two are very cute.

3:14 PM  

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