A trio of baby capybaras born at Toronto's High Park Zoo last March finally have names thanks to members of the public who voted to name them Geddy, Alex and Neil after members of Canada's most famous rock trio – RUSH.
The cuddly capybaras of High Park Zoo in Toronto are in the news again though this time it's not “Bonnie” and “Clyde” escaping their enclosure again. The formerly AWOL rodents are part of the story, however... to be exact it's their triplicate offspring who've made headlines this time 'round.
According to staff at the High Park Zoo, the couple of on-the-lam rodents were inspired by their “long time apart” from one another to revitalize their passion. The result was the birth, just this past March, of triplet capybara cubs. The only problem zoo staff faced was what to name the shaggy triumvirate.
Undaunted by the recent history of “Boaty McBoatface”-like blunders, the zoo opted to let the public decide and as it turned out, the public stifled their more mischievous impulses and did the right thing.
Nearly 45,000 people voted in a contest held to select 12,600 different sets of names for the capybara triplets, according to local city councillor Sarah Doucette. Over 30,000 of those votes were for “Geddy, Alex and Neil” - the members of iconic Canadian rock group RUSH. Far back in second place were “Snap, Crackle and Pop” followed by “Mocha, Chino and Latte.” Sorry hipsters, better luck next time.
“We are thrilled to hear that 3 cute little furry creatures from South America now bear our names at High Park Zoo!,” enthused RUSH's lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee in a statement released by his publicist. “Thanks to all who voted to give us this special honour!,” Lee added. “By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses.” (via CBC and 680 News)