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Vote on the name for Lincoln Park Zoo's new baby snow monkey

Written by
Clayton Guse

Earlier this month, an adorable, fuzzy Japanese snow monkey was born at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The little guy was the first to be born in the zoo's new Regenstein Macaque Forest. Much like last year's vote to determine the name of the Shedd Aquarium's sea otter pup, the zoo is calling on Chicagoans to vote for the macaque's moniker. The catch: All of the potential names are Japanese cities that start with the letter "O."

The options are Obihiro, Obu, Okuchi, Osaka and Otsu. The identical first initial is deliberate. According to Maureen Leahy, the zoo's curator of primates, it's important for monkey children's names to start with the first letter of the mom's name, which in this case is Ono.

You can vote for the name at the Lincoln Park Zoo's website, and the winner will be announced on Friday, May 29.

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