Zoo names baby penguin after David Bowie

Zoo Names Baby Penguin After David Bowie

The first birth of 2016 at an Ohio zoo pays tribute to a beloved singer.

While fans the world over mourn the loss of David Bowie, the Cincinnati Zoo has honored him by naming its first baby of the year - a blue penguin - Bowie.

On January 8th, the same birthday as David Bowie and Elvis, the tiny penguin appropriately hatched during the Zoo's Penguin Days. Born two days before the iconic entertainer passed away, the Zoo had no idea how timely the name would be.

Meet Bowie, the first Zoo Baby of 2016! Elvis and Bowie were popular suggestions because today is the birth date of...

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Friday, January 8, 2016

Little Bowie weighed in at less than 2 ounces at birth and joins a flock of 32 other penguins at the zoo. It was a race to see who would arrive first, the penguin or an aardvark that is expected any day now.

Little Penguins, also called Blue Penguins, are native to Australia and New Zealand.Penguin Days includes a daily Penguin parade so that zoo visitors can see the birds up close, but Bowie won't be making any parade appearances yet. Little penguins like mild weather, so the public will not likely see Bowie until the spring. By then, he will probably have gone through a few ch-ch-ch-changes.

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Zoo names baby penguin after David Bowie
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