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Help the OKC Zoo name new sea lion pup

The Oklahoma City Zoo is looking for help naming its latest addition, a female California sea lion born June 25 to mom Pearl and dad Xander.

The pups parents were both rescues. Xander came to the Oklahoma City Zoo last year after he stranded himself multiple times on beaches in California and attempts to re-introduce him to the wild failed.

The zoo is asking that name suggestions contain the letters P or X or both to honor her parents.

Fans of all ages are welcome to participate and may submit name suggestions now through July 27 on Facebook using #okczoo. Nominations will be reviewed and narrowed down to the top three names, along with a keeper’s choice, for our final naming contest.

Guests are welcome to watch the pup swim in the Zoo’s sea lion presentation pool at the Noble Aquatic Center on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Keepers will also be on site to answer questions about the pup.



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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›