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Akron Zoo holds naming contest for snow leopard cub before her public debut

Posted at 1:50 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 13:50:48-04

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Zoo is letting the public name its snow leopard cub in an online contest.

The female cub was born in April to first-time father Tai Lung and to mom, Shanti, who previously welcomed two cubs in 2012, two cubs in 2014 and three cubs in 2016.

Akron Zoo officials said in June that the cub had been born with a congenital eye defect that is relatively common among snow leopards but that might require corrective surgery in the future.

The naming contest will run until July 31 at 5 p.m.

The three names with the most votes will be presented to Shanti and the cub for them to choose the winner.

The names will be painted on enrichment items and the first item to be touched by Shanti or the cub will be the winning name.

To vote on the snow leopard cub’s name, click here.

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