The newest addition to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo officially has a name.
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney announced the name of the new penguin chick Tuesday.
The baby chick has been named â??Filomena.â??
â??After five days of voting, Filomena rose to the top with 27 percent of the 1,107 total votes cast online. We thank the community for their support and participation,â?? said Executive Mahoney.
The zoo received 963 name suggestions from across the U.S., Canada and the Philippines. The zoo staff picked the five finalists. Humboldt Penguins are native to South America, so names Latin in origin were given special consideration.
The finalists were Dahlia, Filomena, Francesca, Graciela and Solana.
Sue Engel, of Dryden, submitted the winning name, which means â??greatly lovedâ?? in Spanish.