BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Iris, Camden, Waylay, Izzy or Luna. Which of these names will it be for National Aquarium’s sloth baby?
After two weeks of accepting suggestions as part of a naming contest for the Linne’s two-toed sloth born in August, the aquarium has narrowed the pool to five names:
- Iris – In honor of the beautiful flower
- Camden – In honor of the city it was born in, Baltimore, and the winning baseball season
- Waylay – Meaning surprise, like the baby was for its mother Ivy
- Izzy – Submitted by a teacher on behalf of a Frederick County Public School class that selected the name
- Luna – Meaning moon in Spanish
A panel of National Aquarium staff from various departments, including those from the rainforest exhibits where the baby sloth resides with her mother Ivy, reviewed and considered all 1,726 entries that were submitted for the baby sloth, the third born at National Aquarium.
“We were thrilled with the name suggestions that we received,” said Steven Schindler, National Aquarium VP/CMO. “From silly to sweet, the names submitted by the public were clearly well thought out. The final names selected are all incredible, and we think the public has as tough of a choice to make as we did narrowing it down, but we’re eager to finally give the baby sloth a name.”
Voting lasts until November 15. Click here to vote.
After votes are tallied, the winning name will be announced the morning of Nov. 16.
The naming contest launched Oct. 18 in honor of International Sloth Day, which aims to bring awareness to illegal trafficking and the mistreatment of sloths in Central and South America.