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Boston zoo to name baby zebra after Red Sox player

A Boston-area zoo is holding a contest to name a two-week-old Grevy's zebra foal after one of the stars of the Red Sox.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Oct. 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM   |   Comments

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(UPI) -- A Boston-area zoo is holding a contest to name a two-week-old Grevy's zebra foal after one of the stars of the Red Sox, celebrating the team's success in reaching the World Series.

The Franklin Park Zoo, which welcomed a male foal on October 16 to parents Evita and Menelik, has opened a poll on its Facebook page, offering four Sox-themed names.

Voters can choose between Papi (for veteran slugger David Ortiz), Koji (for closer Koji Uehara), Jaokobi (a Wester African word meaning "star," for speedy outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury) and Hodari (a Swahili word meaning "strong, powerful").

So far, Jakobi is out in front, with 39 percent, followed by Koji, Papi and then Hodari. Voting continues through November 1.

According to the zoo, Grevy's zebras are endangered in their native home of Ethiopia and Kenya due to poaching and loss of habitat.

"Currently in the wild, the species number less than 2,700 individuals, a significant loss from more than 15,000 animals reported in the late 1970s," the zoo said in press release.


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