Arkansas zoo names penguin chick Betty White after public vote

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas zoo has named its adorable new penguin chick after late actress and animal lover Betty White.

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According to KARK, the Little Rock Zoo shared the news in a Facebook post Wednesday after patrons chose the name over two other options – Doris Day and Jane Fonda – in an online poll. White died Dec. 31, just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday.

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“The VOTES are in and HER name is ... BETTY WHITE,” the zoo captioned a photo of the chick, who hatched Nov. 5. “The Little Rock Zoo invites you to come meet Betty – and all her friends!”

The VOTES are in and HER name is..... BETTY WHITE 🙂 🌸 The Little Rock Zoo invites you to come meet Betty - and all her friends! Make plans to visit at littlerockzoo.com.

Posted by Little Rock Zoo on Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Although the baby is the second for parents Bugsy and Gable, the new arrival is “the first chick that this pair is raising themselves,” the zoo said in November.

We are proud to announce the birth of an African penguin, born to mother Bugsy and father Gable, on November 5! This is...

Posted by Little Rock Zoo on Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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