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Twin Cities: Como Zoo’s baby bison gets a name

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory this week offered its Facebook fans the unique opportunity of naming the zoo’s newborn bison.

More than 600 Facebook fans voted on one of four name options that zoo staff chose based on volunteer submissions.

With 56 percent of the votes, "Bogo," became the male bison’s new name.

Turning over the naming rights to Facebook fans was "a unique way to embrace our social media community," Como Zoo spokesman Matt Reinartz said.

"We have our visitors that come everyday but we also have a huge mountain of folks that follow us on the World Wide Web," Reinartz said of the more than 29,000 Facebook fans. "We wanted them to feel like part of the community here."

Bogo, which stands for "Buy One Get One," is based on the male bison’s surprise arrival at the St. Paul zoo. No one knew the bison’s mother, named "Aunt Bea" after "The Andy Griffith Show," was pregnant when she arrived in November. Zoo staff was taken aback when a June 16 radio call notified them that Aunt Bea was giving birth, Reinartz said.

"We all just looked at each other and said, "What the heck,’ (and) ran out there," Reinartz said. "Sure enough, there was a baby bison laying on the ground next to its mother. A bunch of people around were taking pictures and videos. It was quite the scene."

Bogo beat out "Opie" (21 percent), another reference to "The Andy Griffith Show"; "Thundar" (13 percent), the name of North Dakota State University’s bison mascot; and "Bruno"

By Miles Trump – mtrump@pioneerpress.com  -  Updated: 08/05/2011 03:44:29 PM CDT

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