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Zoo asks public for help in naming its two new longhorn additions

Pictured are the new longhorns who now reside at Spring River Park and Zoo. The zoo is gathering name suggestions through an online survey and the longhorns’ names will be announced at a kick-off event at the zoo. (Submitted Photo)

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Two of the newest additions to the Spring River Park and Zoo are in need of names.

The zoo is asking for suggestions from the public in order to select names for its pair of 1-year-old longhorn cattle.

Zoo staff and Friends of the Spring River Zoo invite the public to join them at the longhorn exhibit Saturday at 10:45 a.m. for the official kickoff of the naming process as part of the first day of the zoo’s “25 Days of Zoo Christmas,” during which the zoo animals will be receiving gifts throughout December. The Friends of the Zoo group members will be serving candy canes and hot cocoa on Saturday.

Potential names can be suggested online by following this link: surveymonkey.com/r/corlonghornnames.The name suggestions for these young male longhorns are being accepted until Dec. 27.

The final selection of the names will be made by the zookeepers from among the suggestions submitted online. The winning names will be announced New Year’s Day. The citizens who come up with the names that are selected will each receive a prize that is still being determined.

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These two longhorns, originally from Texas, were purchased from the Roswell Livestock auction yard by Friends of the Spring River Zoo. The purpose of purchasing them for the zoo was to provide Geronimo, the zoo’s older longhorn, with some company. The three longhorns are sharing a pen and have been doing well together.

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