After over 44,817 votes were cast, Bonnie and Clyde’s trio of capybara pups have been named.
The offspring of Toronto’s famous fugitive capybaras have new names. The three “capybabies” are — drum roll please — Alex, Geddy and Neil.
Rock fans of will recognize the names as a tribute to the three members of legendary Canadian band Rush: Guitarist Alex Lifeson, drummer Neil Pert and singer Geddy Lee, who on Saturday said the band is “thrilled to hear that three cute little furry creatures from South America now bear our names.”
“Thanks to all who voted to give us this special honour,” he said, through his publicist. “By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses.”
The High Park Zoo’s elder capybaras, named Bonnie and Clyde after the infamous American bank robbers from the 1930s, became celebrities when they escaped last May and eluded zoo staff and animal detectives for weeks.
Their daring escape led to dozens of sightings. One of the capybaras, which resemble oversized tail-less beavers, was eventually caught June 12 and the other remained free until June 28.
The zoo has said the couple credits their “long time apart” for kindling the passion that led to the birth of the three pups in February.
The zoo held a naming contest for their three pups, with the winning names attracting 32,519 votes online, the zoo announced Saturday.
The zoo said 44,817 votes were cast in total. Runners-up included “Snap, Crackle and Pop”, and “Mocha, Chino and Latte.”
The zoo received over 12,600 name suggestions for the capybabies. The shortlist, narrowed down to 10 trios, was announced at the end of May.
With files from Fakiha Baig and The Canadian Press
Photo credit: BRIAN BRADLEY/ TORONTO STAR