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Giant Anteater Pup At National Zoo Named by It's Mother

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What would you name a four month old giant anteater?

Children at the National Zoo suggested everything from Furry to Ditto, but the giant anteater pup will be known by a different name.

Instead of naming him themselves, zoo staffers and the public narrowed the choices down to Demetrio, Fausto and Pablo and let mother Maripi have the final say. Each name was attached to a flower pot with a treat hidden inside. Whatever pot Maripi singled out would determine the name.

"It soon became obvious that Pablo was her favorite," says animal keeper Marie Magnuson. "She was sniffing that pot a lot and sticking her nose into the drainage hole in the bottom, so we decided it was Pablo."

Now that the weather's getting mild, zoo staffers say they expect to see a lot of the newly christened Pablo and mother Maripi.


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