The Indianapolis Zoo welcomed three new animals over Memorial Day weekend with the birth of three baby tigers. Now they are asking for your help to name two of them.
The three cubs, a girl and two boys, were born on Friday, May 27. Their parents are Zoya, 7, also born at the zoo in 2014, and Pavel, 14. The triplets are Zoya’s first litter according to a post on the zoo’s Facebook page in late June.
But wait. There were three, right? Why are they only trying to name two? Excellent question. One of the boys has already been named Nicholas by zoo staff after the vet who helped deliver the litter.
How You Can Help Name Two Baby Tigers at the Indianapolis Zoo
Perhaps learning a lesson from other organizations and businesses that thought it would be fun to let the public decide what something was named (remember Boaty McBoatface?), the Indianapolis Zoo has already picked out three boy names and three girls’ names. They basically ask you to vote for your favorite. So, sorry, none of these cubs will be lucky enough to be named Tigery McTigerface or Sir Claws-A-Lot.
The choices you have for the girl are Vesna, which they say means “youth and spring, beautiful”, Yeva, which means “life”, and Helina, which means “bright, lively, intelligent”.
For the boy, your choices are, Jarek, meaning “fierce, strong”, Kuzma, meaning “harmony, universe”, and Roman, meaning “strong, powerful”.
You vote for your favorite by July 28 (2022) via an online form set up by the zoo. The names of the winners will be revealed on Friday July 29, also known as International Tiger Day. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a Family-Fun prize package that includes free zoo tickets.
Before you vote, watch the video below to see the cubs play after a recent review. This can help you decide which names you think suit them best.
[Sources: Indianapolis Zoo on Facebook / Days of the Year]
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