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Photo Release: National Zoo's Giant Anteater Mother Chooses 'Pablo' as Her Pup's Name

The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park’s newly-named giant anteater pup Pablo holds on tight as mom Maripi makes her decision. Maripi chose from the names Demetrio, Fausto and Pablo—the top three vote-getters from the Zoo’s website voting poll. These three names were paired with a different food item (grapefruit, mango and hard-boiled egg respectively) and placed under an ant-stenciled flower pot in the anteater’s outdoor exhibit. Maripi was then released into the yard and, after much investigation, she hovered over the flower pot/name Pablo, attempting to get at the hard-boiled egg underneath—thus choosing Pablo as her 4-month-old pup’s new moniker!

Congratulations Maripi and Pablo!