They are not crimson, nor are they wrapped in bows, but the Baton Rouge Zoo’s tiger cub sisters now have Malayan names that translate to Red Stick and Gift.
One is now called Kayu Merah for red stick, and the other Hadiah, meaning gift. People submitted names once the cubs went on display, with zoo officials requesting Malay names as a nod to the tigers’ ancestral home.
Zoo staff narrowed the field to four names, and then more than 1,000 people voted on the cubs’ new monikers. The losing names were Darma and Berani, which are Malayan for duty and brave, respectively.
“We’re very appreciative for the public’s help and are happy that we can now properly introduce the cubs to our guests and supporters,” zoo Director Phil Frost said in a news release.
Kayu Merah’s name won as the most popular with 40 percent of the vote, while Hadiah’s name captured 28 percent of the vote. People who submitted the winning names will be awarded an honorary adoption of the tigers and a household zoo membership.
Until now, the caretakers of the striped sisters had taken to calling the larger one “Chubs,” and her smaller counterpart “N.C.” for “Not Chubs.” The nearly 6-month-old cubs are expected to grow to about 200 pounds, which is the size of their mother, Nazira.
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