A baby chimpanzee that made his first appearance Monday at the Kansas City Zoo was named “Royal George” in honor of the Royals on the eve of their return to the World Series.
A pair of donors to the zoo, who wished to remain anonymous, agreed on the name on Monday, said zoo spokeswoman Julie Neemeyer.
A posting on Facebook had already launched a campaign to name the chimp Royal.
The healthy male chimpanzee was born Thursday at the zoo to an 18-year-old named Teeoni, a first-time mother. She cooperated with the zoo veterinary team that monitored the pregnancy with routine ultrasounds and urine testing.
The identity of the father has not been determined. The zoo now has a troop of 13 chimpanzees. They are on display in their exhibit when the temperature is 65 degrees or above.
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