The ballots have been counted and the names of the Tautphaus Park Zoo’s two new river otters are Nahma, which means “together” in Shoshone; and Lallo, which means “little boy” in Kiowa.
The two North American river otters were born in February 2013 at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas.
Tautphaus received the pair in March, a city news release said.
Names for the otters were chosen based on voting by zoo guests, who used spare change to make their selection from three sets of names. The money collected will help pay for the cost of remodeling the exhibit.
Agent O and Billie were the second most popular set of names while Kaden and Tohn, which means “water” in Kiowa, came in third.
“We wanted to find names that reflected where the two North American River otters live now, and where they were born, so we picked a few names from the Shoshone and Kiowa languages,” Superintendent Beth Rich said in the release. “We also let the grandchildren of an exhibit remodel donor suggest two names.”
Children who bring a plush otter to the zoo today will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.