Zoo Seeks Help Naming Ocelot Kitten

Rare cat will make its public debut in mid-December.

Posted: December 02, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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The Oregon Zoo seeks the public’s help naming a rare, endangered male ocelot kitten that will make his first appearance at the zoo in mid-December.

The ocelot was born Sept. 9 and continues to be nurtured by his mother, Alice. She and her mate, Ralph, have been at the Oregon Zoo since April 2006.

The rare cats, which weigh about 20 pounds, are normally associated with South America but can be found in parts of Texas and Arizona. Ocelots have been on the endangered species list since 1982. It is illegal to hunt them in the United States.

The three names under consideration were all chosen by zoo keepers and can be voted for at the zoo’s website. They are:

  • Rio (meaning river or laugh in Spanish or Portuguese)
  • Mo (short for monkey, because the kitten lives in the zoo’s
    primate building)
  • Bonito (meaning beautiful or pretty in Spanish)

To cast a vote for your favorite name and view photos of the kitten, visit the zoo’s website. All votes must be submitted by Mon., Dec. 18.

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gage    islp, NY

6/4/2008 4:05:24 PM

rio is a cool name so name it rio

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