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News - April 15, 2022

Around Town

NAME THESE FLAMINGOS! ... Voting is now open in the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo's flamingo naming contest. After gathering ideas from the public between mid-February and early March, the beloved community institution has narrowed down the field to two finalist names per flamingo. A total of six flamingos who call the Middlefield Road facility home are currently identified by a bright yellow band with a number, except for one, a female who is simply referred to as No Band. The public can choose between naming her Inagua or Floreana. She was raised with seven other flamingos, including one who also lives at the Palo Alto zoo. That flamingo is 86, a male born eight days after No Band, who the public can name either Onbie or Trinidad. The final two names for 19 are Ruby and Yucatan. She's famously known for being the first flamingo to eat from a cup at the zoo, according to the contest webpage. The options for 36, a male, are Sal and Chatter. The final name candidates for 35 draw from a foot injury that led him to undergo laser treatment; he has since made a full recovery. The public can choose between Phoenix and Laser. Last, but not least, the name choices for 08 are Scalefoot and Yogi. The six flamingos were born in the summer of either 2018 or 2019. The public can vote through Monday, April 25, at 11:59 p.m., online at The winning names will be unveiled on April 26, which fittingly coincides with International Flamingo Day.

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