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Name that tiger: ‘Kitty’ not an option

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Oct. 21, 2009 at 1:15 pm with 4 Comments »
October 22, 2009 1:25 pm

Still time to cast your vote to help choose the name for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s newest Sumatran Tiger. The choices: Bali or George.

Bali or George?
Bali or George?
Here are arguments in favor of either name, from Point D’s Web site:

Keeper Andy cast his vote for Bali.
“Bali was his original name,” Andy said. “Plus, his brother’s name is Java. The islands of Java and Bali both had tigers at one point, but they’ve gone extinct. So, their names reference that significant loss that we have suffered.”

Keeper Paul cast his vote for George.
“George just fits him,” he said. “He has such a different personality than his brother Java. He’s really casual and laid back, and the name George fits that so much better than Bali.”

Cast your vote here.

The tiger’s new name is set to be revealed tomorrow. On Saturday, what’s-his-name will be unveiled to the public, along with his brother Java and potential love-mate Jaya during Tiger Day at the zoo.

UPDATE: Bali wins in a landslide, the zoo announced Thursday. The vote was 74 percent to 24 percent.

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  1. Kevindot1 says:

    I voted Bali. George just doesn’t sound like the name of a tiger. Bali sounds exotic, like Bali himself.

  2. Novelist says:

    I’dve named it “Kitty”. :P

  3. waytoomuchtimeonmyhands says:

    The zoo missed a sure bet…..namely “Hobbes”. Then all they would have had to do was “create” a tiger zoologist named Calvin. And any royalty fees involved would have been well worth it, given the zoo promotion potential. :-)

  4. sunup500 says:

    I say name it “Lucky”, and see how long it lives. The zoo doesn’t seem to have much luck with animals. I don’t know why they insist on keeping exotic animals. Nothing can be learned from a captive animal living in a small environment, dependant on food and water from humans. With all the technology available today, one would think an obsolete practice of caging animals for exploitation (jobs for keepers), would all but disappear.

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