Cincinnati Zoo Names Their Latest Penguin "Bowie"
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) January 8, 2016
On Friday, the first baby animal of the year at the Cincinnati Zoo was born—a blue penguin (adorably known as a fairy penguin in Australia). It was a special day and the birthday of two musicians: Elvis Presley and David Bowie. While both names were considered for the new penguin—weighing in at less than 2 ounces—the zoo ultimately settled on "Bowie. " (They already had a penguin named "The King.")
Just two days later, David Bowie died after a long battle with cancer, giving the chick's moniker a whole new meaning.
Bowie joins the ranks of 33 other penguins at the zoo—the largest penguin colony in the United States, according to the zoo's bird keeper Jennifer Gainer. You can check out some pictures of the chick, but you won't be able to see him in person until the weather warms up in spring.