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You can vote to help name Denver Zoo’s adorable baby Rhino

Will Denver Zoo's new rhino calf be named Talli, Joona or Pemba? It's up to the public to decide.

DENVER — The Denver Zoo is asking for the public's help in naming its baby greater one-horned rhino that was born back in February. 

Mother rhino Tensing gave birth to her calf on Feb. 22, marking the first time that's happened at the zoo.

Here are the three names zoo officials announced as part of the rhino naming contest: 

  • Talli - means "youthful" or "young" in Hindu and Tamil traditions.
  • Joona - In Nepalese culture, Joona means "treasure" or "joyful in nature."
  • Pemba - Pemba Doma Sherpa was the first Nepalese female mountaineer to climb Everest's north face.

Coloradans can head to the zoo's website and cast a vote for whichever name they like best. The zoo is asking a donation be made to cast a vote. Donations received help fund care for rhinos at the zoo and in the wild, according to the zoo.

>The video above is from Feb. 26 when Denver Zoo first introduced the newborn rhino calf

The baby rhino calf will remain in the Toyota Elephant passage for a least a few more weeks to give her ample bonding time with her mother, the zoo said. 

Denver Zoo closed on March 16, per recommendations by the CDC and the State of Colorado to limit large groups amid an outbreak of COVID-19, a new strain of the coronavirus.

The zoo has since pivoted to hosting weekday live streams from inside the zoo so that the public can still take in a daily dose of adorable animal content. 

On Monday, zookeeper Amanda F. answered questions about Colorado’s favorite giraffe, Dobby. You can watch the Q&A in the video below. 

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