New Baby Sloth at Zoo Atlanta Will be Named by the Internet

Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta
Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta is home to an adorable new resident. The infant Hoffmann's two-toed sloth has been charming zoo employees since it was born four months ago, but it still hasn't been given a name. Now, WSB-TV Atlanta reports that the Georgia zoo has asked the public to pick one for the baby sloth.

The tiny sloth was born to the female sloth Bonnie and the male Cocoa on November 4, 2018. Its sex hasn't been revealed yet, so the zoo allowed voters to choose names for both sexes. And maybe because the internet doesn't have a stellar track record when it comes to naming things, the voting choices were narrowed down to a list of six possible names.

The options are Blossom, Fern, and Willow if it's female and Bean, Clyde, and Rio if it's a male. Voting closed at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, and both the winning name and the sloth's sex will be revealed on Zoo Atlanta's social media pages at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. The zoo may want to keep it a surprise, but chances are the baby is a girl: The species has an imbalanced sex ratio that favors females.

Hoffmann's two-toed sloths have an unusually long gestation period for mammals their size. After a nearly year-long pregnancy, a two-toed sloth baby is born with fully developed claws for clinging to its mother, which it does for roughly the first year of its life. Sloth babies are also notable for the impossibly cute squeaking noises they make.

[h/t WSB-TV Atlanta]

A Nubian Goat Named Lincoln Was Just Sworn in as the Mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont Khmelnitskaia Khmelnitskaia

Lincoln the goat may not be housebroken, but she had no problem winning the race for mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont. The new mayor was officially sworn in on Tuesday, March 12, and before signing the oath of office with her hoof print, she marked the occasion by defecating on the town hall floor, the Boston Globe reports.

Prior to getting into politics, Lincoln the droopy-eared Nubian goat lived a simple life. A local family looking for a way to maintain the unruly vegetation on their property had purchased her two years ago when she was 1 year old. At age 3, Lincoln transitioned from munching grass full-time to running for public office.

Though Lincoln's win is impressive, her election didn't involve beating any human candidates. Town Manager Joseph Gunter came up with the idea to hold an election for honorary pet mayor of Fair Haven as way to raise money for a new playground. For a $5 fee, local kids were allowed to nominate the pet of their choice to be town mayor. Lincoln bested more than a dozen candidates, including a gerbil named Crystal and a pacifier-sucking dog named Stella, for the position.

The stunt didn't raise much money—the town came away with just $100 for the playground—but it did earn Fair Haven international attention. In order to go down in history as world's longest-serving animal mayor, Lincoln has to stick around for a while; Stubbs the cat was mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 20 years.

[h/t Boston Globe]

The 10 Most Popular Puppy Names of 2019

If you brought home a new dog or puppy recently and named it Luna, you’re far from the only one. The name, which means moon in Latin, is the most popular puppy name for 2019.

This analysis of cute canine monikers comes from Trupanion, a provider of medical insurance for pets. The company looked at its database of 500,000 dogs and crunched the numbers to identify the names that are currently having a moment. (Although some of the names that cracked the top 10 list, like Daisy and Max, have been around for quite some time.)

Interestingly, Luna wasn’t always popular. As Trupanion points out, “Looking back 10 years, Luna was barely a blip on the name game chart … not even cracking the list of top 20 names.” Nor did it appear on ​Banfield Pet Hospital's list of the 10 most popular dog names of 2018.

Often, there's some overlap between popular pet names and baby names. Luna was the 31st most popular baby name for girls in 2018. This is perhaps linked to the popularity of the Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood, as well as the publicity the name has received in recent years from celebrities like John Legend and Chrissy Teigen and Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, as both couples named their daughters Luna.

Second on the list of popular puppy names is Bella (its longer form, Isabella, was the fifth most popular baby name for girls last year). Check out the top 10 list below to see if your pooch’s name is trending right now.

1. Luna
2. Bella
3. Charlie
4. Bailey
5. Lucy
6. Cooper
7. Max
8. Daisy
9. Bear
10. Oliver