The hippo born earlier this month on the Cincinnati Zoo formally has a reputation: Fritz!
On TODAY Monday, Jenna Wingate, senior keeper on the Cincinnati Zoo, introduced the brand new title for the calf, saying that Fritz was a pure match.
The zoo obtained greater than 90,000 title options from the general public and had narrowed the record down to 2 choices, Fritz and Ferguson.
After a callout on TODAY asking for individuals to assist title the hippo calf, greater than 220,000 individuals weighed in, with Fritz receiving 56% of the votes.
“We might have been proud of both title, however we actually assume the title Fritz matches this spunky little man’s persona,” Cincinnati Zoo’s head hippo keeper Wendy Rice stated in a launch.
She added that the title is a playful reference to the truth that Fritz’s mother, Bibi, had a shock being pregnant.
“We additionally thought it was humorous that it was prompt as a result of ‘Fritz’ is right here as a consequence of Bibi’s contraception being ‘on the fritz,’” Rice stated.
Fritz, who was born Aug. 3, has been spending the first days of his life bonding one-on-one along with his mother.
In time, he’ll be a part of the opposite hippos on the Cincinnati Zoo, together with his 5-year-old sister, Fiona.
Fritz weighed about twice as a lot as Fiona at delivery and is powerful and wholesome, zookeepers stated.