Pirogue? Cocodril? Help name the Audubon Aquarium's new white alligator _lowres

The Audubon Nature Institute received the white alligator from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2009 after it was discovered by fishermen in west Louisiana. (Photo from Audubon Aquarium)

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As the newest white alligator at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas settles into its new habitat, the public has the chance to help pick its name.

The aquarium has narrowed it down to three choices: Pirogue, Cocodril and Chompitoulas.

Votings begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday and ends Saturday, Oct. 31. You can vote online or by completing a form at the aquarium.

The Audubon Nature Institute received the white alligator from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2009 after it was discovered by fishermen in west Louisiana, according to a news release from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The alligator had been living at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans.

The Audubon Aquarium's former white alligator, Spots, died in September at age 28.

Audubon's white alligators are leucistic, having a rare genetic condition that reduces the color pigmentation in his skin. Out of some 5 million American alligators, fewer than 15 are thought to have this condition. As with all white animals, they are very vulnerable to the sun and predators.