Vote for the Name of the Columbus Zoo's Manatee Calf

POWELL, Ohio (WTVN)--The Columbus Zoo is giving the public the opportunity to name the zoo's female manatee calf, that was rescued off the Florida coast earlier this year.

The female is one of two manatees currently being rehabilitated at the Zoo, that arrived back in April. A male named Heavy Falcon is also being cared for as part of the program.

The unnamed female was rescued in February, along with her mother, but the calf's mother died just two days after the rescue.

Zoo staff has narrowed the options for the calf's name down to four:

  • Carmen: A nod to "Carmen Ohio", The Ohio State University Alma Mater
  • Scioto: The river near where the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is located
  • Trillium: A flower designated as the state's official wildflower, which can be found in all 88 counties
  • Sloopy: A tribute to the state's official rock song, The McCoys "Hang On Sloopy"

You can cast your vote by clicking here.

Voting is open through June 22nd. Fans can vote for one of the finalists in a single 24-hour period. The winner will be announced on June 25th.

(photo courtesy The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)

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