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Zoo named baby penguin 'Bowie' on Friday

Zoo named baby penguin 'Bowie' on Friday
Posted at 9:02 AM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 12:02:49-05

Having already earned a measure of "Fame" with the Cincinnati Zoo's first animal birth of 2016, a newborn penguin chick has been named "Bowie."

The zoo says the baby known as a blue or fairy penguin hatched at 6 a.m. Friday, weighing less than 2 ounces.

Friday was both David Bowie's and Elvis Presley's birthday, and the zoo says there was a lot of support for the Elvis name. But the zoo already has a king penguin named for "the King," so "Bowie" was the choice for the new arrival.

Director Thane Maynard says the year's first baby is fitting since the zoo celebrates "Penguin Days" in January and February.

The name took on even more significance after the news that David Bowie passed away on Sunday.