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’Humphrey’ selected as name for baby polar bear at Toronto Zoo


TORONTO — Four months after his birth, a polar bear cub at the Toronto Zoo finally has a name — “Humphrey.”

The name was announced Thursday morning following votes submitted by more than 14,000 people in a “Name the Cub” contest at the zoo.

There were six names to choose from in balloting conducted from Feb. 11 through March 3 — Humphrey, James, Lorek, Orson, Searik and Stirling.

“Humphrey” has also been given an additional Inuit name — “Piujuq” (Piu), meaning “good and nice.”

The cub will be formally documented as Humphrey Piujuq in the official registry at the zoo.

Humphrey lives with three adult polar bears at the zoo: his mother Aurora, father Inukshuk and aunt Nikita.

 
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