Naming contest results revealed for Akron Zoo babies


On Friday, Aug. 24, the Akron Zoo revealed the names for its new babies. Earlier this month, the zoo asked the public to help choose names for the Humboldt penguin chick and Siberian musk deer fawn during its “Oh Deer! Waddle We Name Them?” naming contest, sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital.

The male penguin chick will be named Rico, which means “brave ruler” in Spanish. The female musk deer fawn’s name is Alina (a-lee-nah), which means “beautiful” in Russian.

Rico, the penguin chick, hatched on June 1, and Alina, the musk deer fawn, was born on June 13. Both babies have made their public debut and are now in their respective habitats daily.