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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pay to Name San Francisco's Baby Gorilla

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

This will probably be the most important decision you make today - SF ZOO
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  • This will probably be the most important decision you make today

Considering the amount of horrific news we've had to deliver to you this week, we thought it might help to lighten things up a bit -- help cleanse the palate.

So ... remember that baby gorilla San Francisco welcomed into the world this past summer? She doesn't have a name yet, which some readers might consider "bad news." But the good news is that you can help grace this little ape with an identity, at last.

According to the San Francisco Zoo, mom and dad gorilla (using their opposable thumbs?) narrowed the 850 name submissions down to three finalists: Malaika, which means "heavenly messenger" in Swahili; Kenura, which means "joy" in Kikuyu; and Kabibe, which means "little lady" in Swahili

Now, they just need you to pick one of those three.

The Zoo explains how this is name-off is going to work:

Vote for your favorite for $1 per vote. Feel strongly about your choice? Vote as many times as you like and encourage your friends to vote, too. All proceeds will go to gorilla care and conservation. Watch our home page and Facebook and Twitter for updates on this exciting voting race.

The nameless gorilla arrived in the world on July 17, 2013 weighing an adorable 5 pounds. She's reportedly been having a great time getting to know her six family members, and, like most human babies, she's also a huge fan of Sophie the Giraffe. In any event, see if this video inspires a name. Then go vote.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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